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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 12:19 pm    Post subject: Re: My restoration project, a 1971 Westfalia. Still learning. Reply with quote

Start by disconnecting both wires from the tail light and see if the fuse still blows. Or rig up a sealed beam and some test lights as Telford recommends to take the place of the fuse while testing, if it lights there's a short.

Also notice which circuit is shared by the license plate light (hint hint).

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 6:35 am    Post subject: Re: My restoration project, a 1971 Westfalia. Still learning. Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 7:00 pm    Post subject: Re: My restoration project, a 1971 Westfalia. Still learning. Reply with quote

I get it. But do know you have a burn spot in your harness and that may cause other issues. It would be a suspect down the road. And why is it there? Did you do it or a PO? Just thoughts.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:27 pm    Post subject: Re: My restoration project, a 1971 Westfalia. Still learning. Reply with quote

busdaddy wrote:
Start by disconnecting both wires from the tail light and see if the fuse still blows. Or rig up a sealed beam and some test lights as Telford recommends to take the place of the fuse while testing, if it lights there's a short.

Also notice which circuit is shared by the license plate light (hint hint).

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Thank you busdaddy for sending me the wiring diagram. I kept on using it as a reference while searching for the short.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:51 pm    Post subject: Re: My restoration project, a 1971 Westfalia. Still learning. Reply with quote

Spike0180 wrote:
I get it. But do know you have a burn spot in your harness and that may cause other issues. It would be a suspect down the road. And why is it there? Did you do it or a PO? Just thoughts.


The wiring problems were already there when I bought this bus. By the looks of it this bus had been worked on by several restorers and mechanics in the past and they did not really put a lot of care in their handiwork…..and I am the lucky guy with limited restoration skills who has to figure out what the heck I need to do to untangle the mess that these previous guys did to this bus.

Since the rust problem was worse than the wiring problem, I decided to tackle the rust problem first before going through the wiring problem.
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