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Finally found the dang wire but what to do next?This is the wire I ask about before.The wire running off the fire wall tru cable coming from the battery.The wire running along the pass-side going to the juction box leading to the I guess horn relay which splits going into the fuse box.Well, I started by removing a wire at a time while watching the volt meter.1st I did the extra fuse box stayed at 10.8 volts,next I did the cable going to the starter stayed at 10.8 volts and then I thought about this wire and the min I took it off the volts went straight to 12.4 volts,put it back on it went right down to 10.8 and leave it there it will go down slowly to around 10.4.Take it off volts go sraight to 12.4.Talk to me.
 

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What if you hook it back up and disconnect it further down. Say for instance at the horn relay. The original wire up the drivers side leads to the original fuse block. Try disconnecting things in the horn relay area.
 

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Well maybe I was wrong.Went back out and tested it again and it made no difference.Meaning it stayed at 10.8 with or with-out the wire hooked up
So I ran down the road and got a new optima battery and installed.Now I have 14.8 volts with or with-out the wire hooked up.Turned everthing on with car running-head lights and all it hardly moved.I'm going to hook back up the cable (main feed cable) and let it sit to see if the car goes dead.It hasn't spiked so I don't know!!This is the 3rd battery that I have installed.Time will tell.I thank you and Peter for all your help.Driver/Bill Have a feeling this isn't over.
 

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Again, what type of battery was in there before? Heard on this site a couple of times that a lot of battery problems are caused by mounting them in the trunk in the opposite direction.
 

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Glad you seem to have found the problem.

John maybe onto something with the battery. The story generally goes that some batteries are made to mount with the short ends facing the sides of the car and when you mount them the other way the acceleration and braking damages the plates. I personally don't know about this because I'd think that turning would then hurt the battery. With the Optima battery it doesn't matter.

At any rate, the Optima is considered to be a good battery. Because of it's sealed design though you have to pay attention to how it's charged. Optima recommends a voltage regulated charger only and most of the ones you can buy aren't.

Don't dismiss that origional wiring too quickly. Sometimes, an insulation breakdown can occur at that terminal block on the passenger side or at the horn relay or at the firewall connector. An easy way to test it is to turn everything off (make sure there's nothing on like a clock) and then removing the wire and connecting a test light between the wire and the battery. If there is a current leak the light will come on. Once you remove the current leak the light will stay off. If the light does come on, first pull the fuses to see if a fused circuit is causing it. I don't really know if this is your problem though because this wire isn't connected with the kill switch turned off, right?

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Well the wire is coming off the main battery cable which once you push in the kill switch it no longer has power.(Is that what you mean?)The kill switch kills all power.I myself still think you'll be hearing about this problem again.A few months ago I was checking the connection at the juction and the bolt holding the wire wouldn't tighten up so I took the box off and tied the two wires together for a better connection.I still think there is something wrong somewhere and I don't think it's the new things thats been added.It's been fun!!
 

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Been working on my car all day making some changes
Took off the cable running from the battery to the fire-wall.It was a #2 cable which the one I bought is a #1 cable.Didn't like the way the old cable was ran thru the frame so I installed this one running under the back seat thru the car.It
makes a shorter cable and I don't have to worry about it getting cut or anything. Also while under the car took out the nitrous main line which I'm going to install the nitrous inside the car which will also make a shorter line(3 ft.long)
and again I won't have to worry about leaks or bends.This morning I went out to test the car and it started up 1st try.At least if a problem comes up I can rule out a bunch of things.Thanks Peter
Thanks John,with-out you guys I would have been lost.
 
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