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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 10, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Help car stops running

I was driving down the road in the 69 z/28 302 - doing about 65 mph when the engine just stopped running.
Engine is stock 302, got it home and installed a GM replacement distributor/cap, rotor and points set. Because of no spark out of distributor.
Car ran great for about 50 miles then. STOPPED RUNNING, got it off the road and got it started again.
ANY IDEAS AS TO THE PROBLEM HERE. AND THE FIX????
Worried about this happening again.

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Re: Help car stops running

Coil overheating? Most of the time, warmer than warm, overheated coil is HOT!
Take along an extra and swapout when it happens

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Re: Help car stops running

Thought of the coil overheating but with only a 3 minute cool down, car started and drove home in 20 minutes with no more problems. However, I will have an extra coil with me just in case.
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Re: Help car stops running

You might rig up as an indicator inside a test light, could be a 194 or a 63 bulb & socket, and attach it to the coil + terminal to see if ign voltage disappears.

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Re: Help car stops running

I will take my 12 volt light tester with me when I go out for drive. See what it does.
I think light goes OUT with key on problem is in ignition side of coil. If light is still ON
problem is on distributor side. RIGHT
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Correct. I was thinking of a light monitoring all the time, but you should see a change somehow.

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Re: Help car stops running

One time thata was happening to me and it was because the distributor was wet, water had somehow gotten inside. Moisture was preventing it from turning back on. Just my guess.


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Re: Help car stops running

I had one of those quick disconnect things on the battery go south on me and did the same thing. The one where you turn the knob to stop the draw. Got rid of it and no more problems.
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Re: Help car stops running

No way water was involved here this time. But I have had that happen on another classic.
No kill switch here either. But I understand the idea. That is why I am working the test light process, it may prove helpful. I agree the light should be of the constant kind inside the car. That way when power fails I will see light DIE right then.
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Re: Help car stops running

Correct, it can be a plastic rear light socket with long leads and alligator clips to attach.

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Re: Help car stops running

Decided running wiring/light was a pain and just changed to a new coil unit. Will carry spare for awhile just in case, it happens again.

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Re: Help car stops running

Hi again, Thought problem was gone. Shut down again last night on highway.
Got it towed home.

LAST NIGHT checked for power at coil. RESULTS

Key OFF ----NO POWER ON EITHER SIDE OF COIL.

Key ON ----- NO POWER ON EITHER SIDE OF COIL.

TEST THIS MORNING RESULTS

KEY OFF ---- NO PWER EITHER SIDE OF COIL

KEY ON ----- POWER ON BOTH SIDES OF COIL

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Re: Help car stops running

Maybe ignition switch is bad. Try wiggling key in the switch when you have no power when key is on. happend to me once, same scenario. Good luck! check back of ignition switch connections, maybe loose harness.

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Re: Help car stops running

To all out there. I got into the ignition wiring and found the problem (or wiring that was not suppose to be there for old style dist. systems.

Removed ballast resistor (electronic dist. type) and wires for there thing.

Replaced 1 of the + side wires on coil that was bent over on itself (hard and getting HOT).

Back together and went for semi hard drive and no problems. WE WILL SEE.

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