Continued from my last post.. I started wiggling wires and when I got to the junction box, a fusible link sparked and just fell right out from the terminal and it killed the engine. .
OK. I found my problem.. or so I thought. First of all, I'm not an electrical mechanic. Hell, I'm not even a mechanic. I'm a DIY google searchin', youtube watchin', trial and error makin', foul-mouthed cursin', bloody knuckle havin' amateur. But damnit I've come this far in tracking down the source of my woes and I won't let it ground me here. .
Google search 419: wtf are fusible links
Another angel at the gas station threw me her keys and warned me how fast her v6 Dodge Avenger was. I got to O'Reilly's with a list of what I needed and they threw it away.. told me I don't need fusible links and to just fasten the original gauge wires back to the junction without them. The alternator fuse would pop before those wires would go anyway. I believed them and got what I needed. .
I got back to the bus with the wind whipping cold spell drizzling it's jerk sauce all over me. That's rain for all you gutter skunks. Anywhoz.. I started stripping wires and realized that the fuse for my alt is only 20 amp.. not even close to what I need. It's good, not burnt up.. so why didn't it pop before those wires burned? Is it not even connected to the fuse box bc of those links? I started second guessing my decision to listen to the guys at the part store. A gut feeling if you will. I had a wierd vision of the bus catching fire. I don't think I was hallucinating but I haven't been eating, drinking or sleeping nearly enough so who knows. Also, it's a church bus so maybe this is God like, "Yo, son. You done fucked up!"
I called a guy that might know a little more than I do about this shit. He's on his way here right now. I just want to find what caused those fusible links to burn up in the first place before replacing them and having to do it again. I'm tired. That is all for now.