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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 00, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 68 with a 350 small block that won't start. When I turn the key, I get nothing, no clicking or any noise at all. I took the starter off and had it tested, it is fine. I put in a new battery, no change. I did notice that after attempting to start, the wire coming off of the positive battery cable that goes to the wiring harness over by the voltage regulator gets extremely hot. The voltage regulator is only about 1 year old. Any ideas? Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 00, 02:42 PM
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dirty conections clean all termanls and try again
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 00, 04:53 PM
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Try your neutral safety switch. On my 68 it has 2 purple wires running to it on the base of the steering column (where it goes through the firewall) If you have an aftermarket shifter try there to.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 00, 04:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help. I got it started but i'm not sure what the problem was. I suspected bad connections before, and had cleaned them off good, so I just wiggled everything around a little bit. I had been trying to start it in neutral, so I put in in gear, and pushed in the clutch, and it started right up. I can't remember if I had tried starting it in gear before or not. What exactly is the purpose of the neutral safety switch, and where is it at, on the tranny or the clutch? I don't see any purple wires running where you said either.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 00, 10:48 AM
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That is only with an auto tranny. I just assumed that was what you where running. You will not have that with a manual. Sorry for the confusion.


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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 00, 06:12 AM
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unless u are real concerned about remaining "stock" u can solve alot of electrical problems by going to a late model altnator (from a 79 w/internal reg) and a kit from M.A.D enterprises...this will delete the voltage regulaor completly..along with all the associated wiring..be advised where the bat lead comes off the alt. and goes to the regulator there is a splice..it goes to the regulator and over to the bat side of the car, to a terminal block which supplies current to recharge the battery.. this "splice" causes alot of problems...by going with the M.A.D kit u elimiate this and go directly from the alt. to the horn relay then over to the terminal block...and a added bonus...the amperage the alt. produces is more....and can be whatever u choose....

this has worked for me.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 00, 09:08 AM
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Check the clutch safety switch. It will not let the car start without the clutch pedal
depressed. I my 1970 Corvette, the clutch safety switch was intermittent and I had a terrible time finding the problem. It was very frustrating not being able to statrt the car sometimes. The switch is attached to the top of the clutch pedal and gets activated every time the pedal is pressed. After 30 years, the switch just wears out...
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