Re: 69 won't start
Hey Everett -- Since you gave me all that info, ust wanted to let you know what I ended up up with... And, unfortunately, I don't know for certain what the issue was.
I didnt' follow the KISS principle, but instead when straight to pilling the starter. Exchanged it for a new one. Got home and it was the wrong damn one. Took, it back. Thought, hey maybe I should bench test the hold one before I buy another. Did so and it worked fine. So, reinstalled the starter, made sure all the contacts/posts were glimmering. I think the solenoid has been replaced since the starter, because the Bat + terminal was gleaming copper and the others had almost no no gunk build up. So, I put the old starter back in. then saw that the wire going from the solenoid to the distributer (the smaller tan one) was EFFED up, bad. Was crimped between the bell housing, actually Was barely hanging together. So I replaced that. THEN went to where you told me to start, basically, and removed the neg battery gronds. Took a medium course brush wire to the bolts, star washers and, frame and block. Put everything back together and -- BAM! Everything seems good to good to go now.
So, I don't know if it was that wire coming off the solenoid, or if I had bad grounds, but I'm betting it was the tan wire off the solenoid. It was completetly trashed and my other grounds look good... Incientally, I'm saying battery groundS (plural) b/c there's a spot where it grounds into the engine block and from there, there's a threaded looking thing where it grounds to the frame via this weird looking connection that looks like it's very fine, braided wire. That braid goes from the engine block ground to the frame. Gotta be OEM, because who braids anything theses days! HA!
Anyways, thanks a ton.