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  1. mike macdonald

    mike macdonald New Member

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    Hey all I am the new owner of a 1954 ford crestline Victoria...I have only had the car 4 days and the signal lights stopped working. I am not a mechanic and purchased the car for my dad and I to enjoy ,he just turned 83 on the 16th of May.It still has the 6 volt system with a 239 V8 engine. It had a 5 amp inline fuse that failed replaced it with a 10 amp and it failed as well....any advice would be greatly appreciated .

    TY Mike
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    Welcome to the Forum
    Do the lamps come on?
    They have a canceller cam in the steering hub that breaks and won't allow them to cancel
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    They also have metal lamp sockets that will corrode over time
    and give you a grounding issue
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    does the fuse blow without moving the turn signal arm? only one way? L or R ?
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    Welcome to the FFO!

    Fuse is blowing because some part of the circuit with 12 volts is getting to ground. The electrical system is not that complex. You state you are not a mechanic. Not sure of your definition, and you are about to get mechanical.

    It would be nice to see pictures at some point.

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    What he said - ground problem!
    http://www.auto-repair-help.com/auto_diagnostics/diagnose_fuses_regularly_blow.php

    Not to mention inserting a fuse with more capacity than what is supposed to be in there is a bad idea.

    Here's a wiring diagram for a 54 Ford:
    http://1954ford.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=3977
    PS - whether you work on the car or not, invest in a genuine OEM Ford Service Manual. They're out there on ebay.
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    mike macdonald New Member

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    There is no signal lamp lighting up . They were working and 2 hrs later stopped.
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    The signal lights were working fine then all of the sudden stopped the wiring is original and pretty brittle.
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    Hey thank you for the link and advice.
    We tried the simplest thing first being the fuse....the replacement ones we used were just a test to see if the signals would work with heavier amperage fuse. It was only in a minute if that.
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    The lamp do not come on any more and when they were working we’re self canceling as normal.
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    That is a telling statement. Brittle can get to cracked.
    If cracked, the bare wire can get exposed.
    Exposed wires if they reach body metal becomes a grounded circuit
    Grounded circuits (Sometime called a short to ground) will blow a fuse because of excessive current draw.

    Brittle wiring may be helped with rubber/plastic/leather conditioner. (Think of conditioning seat covers) That isn't an easy process. The alternative is circuit wire repair or entire wire harness replacement. Generally brittle wires are not an isolated condition.

    Good luck. Would love to see pictures of the ride.

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    You may be able to find a wiring diagram for your car online. Check around to see if someone has it. I found a wiring diagram for my '62 Falcon wagon online about 5 years ago, but I can't remember where.

    You said that you don't want to be a mechanic but if you are interested, I have a Chilton's manual that covers the 1954 Ford. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a wiring diagram but there is other good information. You can have it free of charge if you will pay the shipping. Since it's media mail, it shouldn't be much.
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    Actually there is a link o a wiring diagram in post #6


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