80 model fuse type

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    Has anyone ever seen a 80 camaro with glass fuses vs ATO fuses
     
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    I haven’t seen that but the fuse block could have been swapped by a previous owner.
     
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    For sure a one owner car, as far as I can tell of the wiring colors match an 80 vs earlier year cars, has the fuseable links in the engine harness to, not sure want to think. Dash harness is ok, everything else needs to be replaced.
     
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    Is it a very early build for the 80 model year?
    Mine was built in the 2nd week of October (79) and it has the ATO (Blade) fuses.
     
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    My '80 has a Sept '79 build date (Van Nuys) with ATO style.
     
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    Yes it is an early car built in Norwood, question is, does need a new harness, do I get an AAW with ato fuses or not ??
     
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    That could explain it. (Mine is a Van Nuys build.)
    They may have simply used up leftover inventory for the fuse block from the previous year.

    Tough question... I understand your dilemma.

    Are your replacing ALL of the wiring? (Engine bay and dash)

    The fuse block mounting should be interchangeable but the wiring differs a bit.

    I know the signal light flasher wiring is different from 79 to 80.
    In 80, the flasher plugged into the fuse block... In 79 it was on a pigtail under the dash.

    An 80 also had TWO fusible links (16 gauge) by the starter but there was only one (14 gauge) for 79.
    Those are the only things I can think of at the moment. There may be other differences.

    Hope that helps!
     
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    Yes, that helps, i have to replace the engine and rear harness. it does has two fuse links. The flasher is separate not on the fuse panel. It may be best to replace every thing with ATO fuses so it does have the correct type for the year of the car. Was going to go AAW classic upgrade one, any thoughts on using them? Wiring a whole car is not something that I have alot of experience with
     

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