Newly purchased '78 electric fugaboo questions

BigHighBlue

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Howdy! I recently purchased a December 78 and it has some interesting wiring (I know, I know, they all do). Currently I have the battery out while I am baselining the truck and when I put it back together I don't want to A. Fry the new stuff and B. I want to put it back together "correctly". I've attached some pictures. As you'll see the battery is a 24V and there is a shutoff switch which the PO said he installed because the battery slowly dies if it isn't started on the regular. My understanding is that these are 12 Volt trucks so I'm confused as to how the 24 Volt battery is working. HELP!

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There's nothing inherently wrong about the battery switch (the red thing) other than not being OEM. It's just a shut-off. Useful for long term storage to avoid battery drain. If you can lock your hood they make pretty good anti-theft deterrents. A determined thief will figure out that they can lay under the rig and get an arm up and turn the switch back on but for your average trailhead scenario they work pretty well.

Most 12/78 wiring harnesses I have come across have dual fusible links and the 50amp ammeters. Search through the forums for better descriptions and repair procedures.
 

BigHighBlue

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There's nothing inherently wrong about the battery switch (the red thing) other than not being OEM. It's just a shut-off. Useful for long term storage to avoid battery drain. If you can lock your hood they make pretty good anti-theft deterrents. A determined thief will figure out that they can lay under the rig and get an arm up and turn the switch back on but for your average trailhead scenario they work pretty well.

Most 12/78 wiring harnesses I have come across have dual fusible links and the 50amp ammeters. Search through the forums for better descriptions and repair procedures.
Thank you for the knowledge!
 

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