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Old 09-24-2002, 07:20 PM
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I just finished installing a GT instrument dash replacing the standard in my '72 Ranchero. The pin which supplies 12v to the cluster in the plug has two wires crimped together. The plug I had to modify had the same two wires crimped together.

One of those two wires was a single strand of steel wire and the other is several strands of copper wire and NOT connected. The steel wire was the switched 12v to the cluster.

My question is why would the engineers use a single strand of steel wire? Especially in an auto vibration environment where stranded copper is stronger and capable of delivering higher amperage. Thx in advance, r

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I whould say that this is some sort of resister wire to lower volts?You may want to check this out more.
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The single steel wire feed goes to the cluster on-board regulator for the guages. Wouldn't that eliminate the need for a fusible link? Sure seems strange. thx, r
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Seems like they would do that so it would break, and maybe you'd take it back to them to get it fixed? More money for them.
Never heard of that.
Pretty bad idea.
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