I've got a 1965 Ford Falcon from my father, it was his first car and now it's my turn to take care for it.
Some parts need to be replaced or rebuilt and it's a great challenge to figure out how to do it or find spare parts, specially in my country.
When I was rebuilding the electrical system the problem was to find a replacement, because I could't find it I had to figure out how to rebuild it and this is how I did.
Identify your fuse box.
This guide can be used for a lot of cars from the 60's up to the 80's but I'll try to write specifically about the ford falcon/mustang/cougar ones.
Users have reported succesful applications on:
64 to 68 ford mustang, falcon, galaxie, fairlane.
68-73 pick up truck and mavericks.
Dodge charger, super bee and most Mopar B body cars
84 Mazda B2000
Your fuse box may look like this:
Get everything you’ll need.
For this job you will need:
10 or more SFE fuse clips according to your fuse box.
Fuses according to your application.
A 40 watt (or better) soldering iron
flux, solder, pliers, hammer, terminals (optional)
- You can find the right clips and fuse kits here.
Remember the original wiring order and remove the box.
Mark every cable before remove the fuse box, this schematic shows the right configuration in case something goes wrong.
Remove the box from the car cutting the wires as close as possible from the box connections.
Remove old and rusty fuse holders
To remove the rusty old clips is necessary to insert a flat small screwdriver pushing the retainers that hold them in place, then you just have to push the clip to release it.
Next, with a clean box it's time to put the new clips in place.
same number of fuse holders (clips) as you removed before
a 40 watt (or better) soldering iron
a flat tool.
The first step is to "tin" the flat base of each clip, this will allow us to solder each cable back in place again.
After that, we only need to push every clip in place gently with a flat tool and a hammer.