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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 16th, 01, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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I drove my '67 to my friends house today. Shut it off and visited awhile. Got in to leave, turned the key and engine turned over maybe a quarter turn, then nothing. Everything went completely dead. No headlights, nothing. I got out, traced all the fused links, couldn't find any that were bad. Couldn't find any loose wires anywhere (starter, battery, ground, etc). Meanwhile, I put my hand on the positive terminal on the battery, and it was hot ( as if there was a load being drawn from it). After a little while it cooled down. Meanwhile, my car is still parked in my friends front yard. I'm not sure what else to do. What could go out that would kill all electrical power on the car? As I said before, even the headlights won't come on when the switch is pulled. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 16th, 01, 04:05 PM
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Try removing and cleaning the battery cables. If they are not making a good contact, you might have to jump start it also.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 16th, 01, 07:03 PM
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I agree, sounds like a common battery terminal problem.
Some observations:
Positive bat terminal allways corrodes more than the negative one.
Spring type battery cables as used on origonal Camaros will lose tension and break connection.
When you put a heavy load on the circut, the terminal arcs to the battery post creating carbon deposits that will further insulate the connection.
The "problem" connection will get hot. I've seen battery posts melt from it.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 17th, 01, 02:56 AM
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After turning on the key, wait about 30 secs, then check the battery terminals. Be careful here. If one has a bad connection, it will be real hot. Also be careful when checking fusible links. They will typically not burn the insulation, just the innards. A test light is invaluable here. Looking for voltage with this unit will reveal a defective one in short order. I'll answer questions by e-mail Ray
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 17th, 01, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help guys. Just got the car back home and running. Would you believe a fairly new battery (14 months) shorted out inside (melted the plates), at least that's what the guy at the parts store said when I took the battery in to be checked. Should have been the first thing I checked, but since it was pretty new, I overlooked it.
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