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Old 09-15-2013, 08:21 PM   #1
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Decided to start up the 67 today, so I charged up the battery, it fired, ran for a few seconds, then sputtered and died. Not too surprised because the carb needs adjusting. I cranked it again and while cranking, everything died. No warning lights, no starter motor, no lights.

Battery has juice. I'll look at fuses when I get a chance. My first instinct is a fuse or a short. Anything else I should be looking at? My DMM is at work so I don't have a way to check voltage or continuity tonight.

67 fastback A code 289 GTA.

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Decided to start up the 67 today, so I charged up the battery, it fired, ran for a few seconds, then sputtered and died. Not too surprised because the carb needs adjusting. I cranked it again and while cranking, everything died. No warning lights, no starter motor, no lights.

Battery has juice. I'll look at fuses when I get a chance. My first instinct is a fuse or a short. Anything else I should be looking at? My DMM is at work so I don't have a way to check voltage or continuity tonight.

67 fastback A code 289 GTA.

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Could be the relay next to the battery. Everything goes through it.
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Could be the relay next to the battery. Everything goes through it.
yep the soleniod is certainly an issue. it can ground out the entire system. another issue is the ignition switch and the neutral safety switch.
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Thanks for the responses guys. Ignition switch is also a possibility.

Since there is no power to dash lights, etc I THINK that would rule out a neutral safety switch, right? It really is like someone pulled the battery out of the car mid-crank.

I'll post back up as I have time to dig in with my meter and see what's getting juice and I learn more. Looking at some of the wiring, I'm almost afraid of what kind of scary work-arounds I'm going to find!
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If you have a lot of electrical issues, invest in a Power Probe. They have different kits, but you can hook it to the battery with very long cable and check wires and circuits, but also activate a circuit with a switch. It's really awesome, it's helped me find a lot of issues.
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Sounds silly, but make double sure your terminals are clean tight. Also, I had a problem with the firewall connector on my '66. Acted the same way. The one closest to the inner fender. That's where the power comes inside, I believe.
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She lives! When I turned the key on this time, the dash light came on, ruling out things like fuses (it's one of them self-fixin problems). But when I went to crank, there was an audible click from the solenoid and all went dead. After checking some things, dash lights came back on, meaning there was most likely a connection issue.

Points go to Matcox this round. I cleaned up the battery terminals and solenoid terminals and tightened down all the connections, and problem solved!

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Make sure the solenoid is grounded i had the same problem and one of the screws hold it was was stripped and was losing the connection
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Thanks Travis, I will definitely look at that if it happens again. This time, it was either a connection to the battery or solenoid that caused the issue.

Next up is the fuel line...but that project will be tougher to sneak in, so it looks like I have to finish building a pot rack first
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