<font FACE="arial,helvetica"><font SIZE="2">I thought I would share a few thoughts about dead batteries and fuses. When charging or jumping a battery you always hook up positive to positive and negative to negative. Do not assume which way the car is grounded. An Amphicar will start and run if the battery is installed the opposite way. As far as a reason for a dead battery, something as simple as a clock or a radio can draw a battery down to nothing. I bought my 63 Amphicar from the widow of the original owner. He had installed a master shut off switch on the battery terminal. I figured it was stock because I did not know any better at the time. Well, If I forget to turn off this master switch, two days later, bingo completely dead as a door nail. So my car will draw down the battery too. I never went to search out why, I find it easier just to disconnect it. I will share with you a method off checking for an electrical draw if you are interested. Disconnect one of the battery cables (I am not sure if it matters pos or neg) connect a 12 volt test light between the battery and the disconnected cable. Make sure everything is in the off position. If the light comes on you have a draw. You can track it down by removing one of those funny German fuses one at a time until the light goes out. Once the light goes out that circuit that you pulled the fuse from is the culprit. As far as those fuses go I really see no reason to replace them other they are hard to handle without wrecking the little metal strip. There are other foreign car fuses which are the same size with the points on both end but are glass enclosed.
Hope this helps.
Hope this helps.