View Full Version : Lucas strikes again

05-25-2012, 09:27 PM
Third drive in my recently restored TR3 today. Went to get the headlights aligned. The ground wire in the tag lite attaches to a ring centrally riveted to the bulb holder. The ring was loose, rotated downward and contacted the power supply line fitting. Fried the red tail/tag power lead all the way to the switch. Burned thru the insulation on another wire in the loom in two places. Replaced the red wire and two sections of the other wire. Fused the red wire in a hard to see place. Got the loom halfway re-wrapped. cest la vie. Lucas electrical fault diagnosis - turn it on and see where it smokes.
Bob Hustead

05-25-2012, 09:54 PM
That stinks!

Later cars had that fuse, clipped to the bottom edge of the dash right above the shift lever. Hmm, maybe I'd better install one myself.

05-26-2012, 07:28 PM
I soldered a spade type fuse holder into the new red wire so it would lay under the top edge of the carpet.