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Old 05-23-2015, 11:42 PM
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57 lighter fuse

The lighter on my 57 doesn't work. First thought is fuse, but I can't find it. I pulled the lighter assembly and it looks like this starting from the knob:
"LIGHTER" bezel
the element that actually lights the cigar, which the knob screws into
an approx 3" tube that is threaded at the bottom
at the bottom of this tube is a gizmo that has clamps that hold the element when the knob is pushed in. Extending out the bottom of this gizmo is the post for the electrical connection, and a small tab that sticks out not quite as far as the post.
This tube then threads into a metal sheath that is what gets crammed into the dash opening.

Is the fuse located in this "gizmo" ? If so, how do I replace it?
If it's not there, where?
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:44 AM
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If I remember correctly, a circuit breaker is built into the unit. Check the wire going to the lighter with a test light to see if you have power. If so, then the unit is either bad or the circuit breaker has tripped. Don't know if it can be reset.

The units are pretty universal so replacements can be purchased. Hardest thing is to get one with the proper wire connection.
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:37 AM
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Paul is correct.
"Cigarette Lighter
Many of the original cigarette lighter sockets had a safety circuit breaker on the back which can be reset. If your lighter doesn't work look at the back of the socket. The circuit breaker has a small hole in the back. Push a small nail or wire into this hole until you hear the breaker reset with a snap. It will then be reset and as good as new. Replacement sockets were supplied with a thermally activated fuse and, unfortunately, these can't be reset."
This is from the 1st "Thunder Enlightening" newsletter put out by Classic Auto Supply Co.
You can get an "original" style for about 43 bucks or a "functional replacement" for about 7 bucks from them or other vendors.

There is more but similar info in the Thunderbird Restoration Manual from CTCI.

Of course, best to disconnect the power before you go poking around.

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