Made the mistake of looking under the dash of my recently purchased CJ5. . .had removed the speedo/fuel/temp combo to see if i could fix fuel gauge. . .after using the advice from the great folks here. . .it might just be a fuse problem....
What a freakin' mess! Wires hanging loose, half/as**d attempts at, who knows what someone was trying to do! there are several connections hanging loose, what looks like a harness that has a few combos attached....and the fuse "box"...not a box but ya know the black plastic thing where fuses go. (dont laugh....age will catch up to you too one day).
I went thru the forum trying to find a picture or ?? of what it should look like, and what fuses should be where the empty slots are. Anyone can point me in the right direction?
thanks as always!
I never thought they used a fuse block prior to 1976. I have a 74 and it had just a few inline fuses under the dash. My wiring sounded like yours. It was so messed up I ripped everything out and started from scratch. I mounted a fuse block to the outside firewall.
F.L.W.what can it hurt?
guess i'll just pull the dash off and get busy w/my wire cutters.
there are more wires hanging w/no connection than there are connected.
i'll have a look at my chilton and see whats up.
there are more wires than anything they need to be hooked up to
so I'm looking for a picture of my fuse box because the letters had worn off with age, google cj5 fuse box and bingo I find this thread with this picture by Fjguercio. Is the internet something, or what?
The Hammer is more than likely on to something. My 75 has a fuse block as pictured above. I know that is how it came, my wife bought the jeep new. IIRC, the switch from inline fuses was somewhere around 74. I wish I had the older style, keeping that nasty old box free of corrosion takes a lot of contorted, frustrating, back wrecking work and a lot of dialectic grease. Once you find them all, I'll take inlines any day.
Someday I'm gonna have to rewire with one of those fancy kits with blade fuses. I don't even want to think about what a horror that will be.
74 up had fuse boxes.
74-78 had glass fuses
79-86 had blade fuses.
I've seen a lot of the old glass fuse boxes are rusted and even the rivits used on the back to make connections are rusted leading to poor connection if any. Most fuse clips don't spring back to hold the fuses tight. Might be different depending were you live.
If you have one, it was put there by someone else because AMC didn't use them.
The pictures look factory, so I'd say the tub you have is later than the title you have...
Thats not even the correct steering column connector for the turn signals in whizard's pictures.
Another thing strange is it looks like the box is mounted vertically not horizontaly like the factory did. I bet someone rewired the whole jeep. Heck, I put an 84 wiring harness in my 76 with no dificulties. Is there a firewall connector on your jeep whizard?
That would make following the '72 schematic a bit complicated, even for me.
just noticed this post is 3 months old... I hope whizard figgured is out by now.
Not to hijack this thread, but I have a '74 CJ5 and just bought an auxiliary fuse block for guages and eventually lights or anything else. My question is, where to I get the 12V supply from in my wiring to feed to the fuse block and eventually what is hooked up to the fuse block?
You probably need two feeds. One that is hot all the time and one that is hot only when the ignition is On. One obviously has to come from a hot lead off the ignition switch. The other usually comes from the battery either on the post if you clamps have the ability to attach an feed or the starter solenoid were the battery cable connects to the solenoid.