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Old 09-08-2017, 10:10 PM   #1
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Well for the first time in 23 years 1978 Chevy Truck drop dead on me today. The alternator was pulling hard. Belt was slipping. I stop at Napa and when I got ready to leave it start right up . I stop for Gas. Go back in Truck and Nothing. Turn Key Nothing happens. No power at all to Gages no Light whe it Turn them on. Check battery cables. Nothing. Called Wife for Jump. With Cables hooked up still nothing. So I called AAA and had them rollback it home. I think it blew the fusible link between the starter and the Fuse box.
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Have you checked the battery voltage? A shorted cell will cause the alternator to load down and the bad cell will kill the rest of the cells quickly.
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Have you checked the battery voltage? A shorted cell will cause the alternator to load down and the bad cell will kill the rest of the cells quickly.
It was 7pm before I got truck home. Going on Road trip with Club tomorrow so It be Sunday or Monday before I can get to it. Truck has a volt gage and it would never move even with the Jumper Cables hooked up and light would not burn at all.
I read that fusible links are no longer an accepted way to wire a vehicle. That if fusible link has gone bad I should consider a Maxi Fuse.
Would you know how many amps Maxi Fuse should be?
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On the firewall,just inboard of the master cylinder,there should be a terminal block with fusible links attached.You can start there to test them.
I've a 78 I drive everyday.
I suspect your problem may be a loose battery cable connection on the starter.
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On the firewall,just inboard of the master cylinder,there should be a terminal block with fusible links attached.You can start there to test them.
I've a 78 I drive everyday.
I suspect your problem may be a loose battery cable connection on the starter.
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Son's Blazer died so, I needed the truck to pull trailer. I had to final make time to fix it. I had this truck for 23 years. I got to thinking that I had this problem before. Turned out the was a splice in the hot wire that feeds that terminal block on the fire wall. I redid splice and that fixed the problem.
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Glad you got it fixed so easily!
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Your Truck looks Great!!

Here old Blue as the Boys call it. I gave $1200 for this truck in 1994. It started as a 3/4 ton. But years ago we put a 1 ton suspension under it.
I also have a 1976 GMC crew cab dually that has sat for years. I have New fenders and Front doors. I going to have to rebuild one of them soon or later.
These are some of the simpler trucks to work on and No computers to deal with.

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Been driving my 72 Chevy truck for almost 40 years, not daily any more, but still looks about as good a the day I got it.
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Your Truck looks Great!!

Here old Blue as the Boys call it. I gave $1200 for this truck in 1994. It started as a 3/4 ton. But years ago we put a 1 ton suspension under it.
I also have a 1976 GMC crew cab dually that has sat for years. I have New fenders and Front doors. I going to have to rebuild one of them soon or later.
These are some of the simpler trucks to work on and No computers to deal with.

I have several dually's around here too!Love them!
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