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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 01, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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I have a 1969 Camaro with a 327, 4 barrel carb, electronic points, new voltage regulator, new Delco starter, battery was checked and is in good shape, had the alternator bench checked and is ok. The car starts real good when the engine is cold. But after driving for some time and the engine is good and hot, she just won't turn over. When I turn the ignition I can here the starter click like it's getting fire but it wont even spin. After the engine cools it starts up fine. I've checked the ground and connections and everything looks fine.
I can't figure this one out. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 01, 06:35 AM
 
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SB327:
I have a 1969 Camaro with a 327, 4 barrel carb, electronic points, new voltage regulator, new Delco starter, battery was checked and is in good shape, had the alternator bench checked and is ok. The car starts real good when the engine is cold. But after driving for some time and the engine is good and hot, she just won't turn over. When I turn the ignition I can here the starter click like it's getting fire but it wont even spin. After the engine cools it starts up fine. I've checked the ground and connections and everything looks fine.
I can't figure this one out. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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It sounds to me that your starter is over heating. Do you have headers on your car? If you do then you need to get a starter heat shild or a high torque miny starter.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 01, 08:05 AM
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A heat shield around the starter will probably solve your problem
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 01, 06:14 PM
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Always do the simple stuff first. A heat shield is simple and will most likely fix your problem.

I ended up taking it a step further (it gets damned hot, summers in Vegas) by hooking up a FORD (sorry guys, old hot rodders trick) solenoid up on my inner fender and haven't had any problems since.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 01, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for all the good advice. I ordered a starter solenoid heat shield this morning.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 01, 07:02 AM
 
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I had the same problem with my 84 camaro. It woudl start up fine when it's cold, but after I run it a while it'll crank over really hard. I just retarded the timming a pinch and it starts up fine now. But I am looking into getting a heat sheild.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 01, 10:52 AM
 
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Back your timing down a little and it will start fine when it gets hot.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 01, 12:59 PM
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I had the same problem with L-79 Nova. I replaced both 4 gauge battery cables with 01 gauge and no more problem.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 01, 12:45 PM
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Get a Starter shiel if you have headers and use the ford solenoid set up
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 01, 08:30 PM
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Small block in my Malibu would start fine when cold but barely turn when hot...replaced the neg batt cable and never had another problem.

Starter heat shield is also something to try, as others have mentioned.

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