Dutton Kit Cars and their owners
OH! nearly lost the Sierra today, I was finishing the wiring all working well. Then somehow when I moved the the heater fan quadrant there was instant smoke then flame, and I was sitting there watching it happen. Brain in gear and snips at hand I cut the main power line to the heater quadant, but it was still burning, I had to dive under the bonnet and disconnect the battery which meant un-fastening the clamps.
After the smoke had cleared I could check the damaged, and someone up there must have been looking after the Sierra, because the damaged was only the main power cable to the quadrant and 3 earth cables. I managed to strip the main wire out of the loom, because it was sat on top of the loom along with the earth wires the flame burnt up so only caused damage to those wires. Lucky or what? this is the second time I have had a loom burn and luckily last time was on the Phaeton with the same superficial damage. You can understand how quick a kit car can be destoryed by a wiring fault, it happens so quick and so much smoke, the first thing to do is panic.
I am racking my brains now to understand what caused it, as before I had connected the battery I had checked all the connections with a meter, and the main cable was fused. Its dark now so will check it all through in the day light.
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