Alright here goes. I have been using the Accel Gen 6 for about a year now. Last week I decided to step up to the new and improved Gen VII. After saving damn near every penny I could spare I bought it and installed it this weekend.
After getting the harness squared away, routing all the wires neatly, making sure I had good quality connections (all shrink wrapped) everything looked great. I started it up (first try) set the TPS and fuel pressure I backed it out of the driveway and drove it around for about 2 miles. I got back to the house pretty stoked about my new system. I wanted to drive it to work the next day so I went over everything once again double checking the plug wires weren't touching the headers, making sure the power steering pump hose wouldn't burn on the crossover pipe, making sure I had no fuel leaks, etc,etc, I felt it was road worthy. I closed the hood and waited for morning.
I got ready for work started the car up and let it idle for a few minutes to get some temp on the gauge. Once that was good once again I backed out of the driveway. Well I headed out into traffic and got about an 1/8 mile away from the house. I was doing about 45 -50mph when I noticed FLAMES coming out of the vents in my Mach 1 hood. I pulled over as fast as I could, popped the hood latch and ran to the front of the car. I didn't have my fire extinguisher w/ me (stupid , stupid). All I had was a cup of coffee in my hand, I threw it in one of the vents and opened the hood. I saw 2 fires, one was in the front directly under the dual sync distributor. The harness was in flames. The other fire was behind the intake on the wiring harness. I ran back inside the car, grabbed my other cup of coffee (its a 35 mile drive to work) and threw it on the flames. No help. I started digging the dirt up and throwing it on the fire. Fortunately a guy ran up gave me a fire extinguisher and I got the fire out. The fire department got there just as I put it out.
The investigation from the fire marshall said the distributor harness caused the fire. He said he could tell the fire started there because of the way the car was burnt.
Wonderful, just friggin wonderful. I have owned this same car for 11 years. NEVER has it caught fire, nor has it ever been in a wreck and this happens. What I wanted to know is if ANYONE has had an experience such as mine with the Gen VII. BTW, I have asked a few companies and they didn't have a clue. One guy suggested it was a fuel leak. Well I hooked up the fuel pump direct (Weldon 2025) and let run for a few minutes while I wiggled the hoses and fittings and not one small leak. Hell, my hose that goes from the pass side around the distributor to the FPR is damn near melted but it still isn't leaking. Very thankful for braided line.
Again, has anybody encountered a problem like this? I am sick to my stomach that I spent $2350 plus shipping and I have no more than a few miles on it and this happens. Thank you for listening
Up in flames
T76, Gen VII dfi, burnt..........