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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 03, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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I need help with a problem that I've had for some time, that has just gotten worse. ever since I've owned my 69, I have had a problem with the starter not working after the car has been running for some time. Everybody told me that it was "heat-soaked" and I needed to re-build, replace or install a heat shield (which it has). If I got stuck, we would pop start it and it would start no problem, I just wouldn't turn it off. Not long after I experienced this, the starter would hesitate when I would start it, after it had been running. It sounded like errrr-errrr then started. This chronically got worse.

About two weeks ago, I was at a car show and after the car sat for two days at the show, I went to start it and nothing. Not a click, sound, or anything. I had lights, radio everything. Tried boosting it and nothing. Also, the brake lights stopped working (I found this out in Tech Check). Anyway, we pop started it. Now the brake lights worked?? After all of the problems, I figured starter or solenoid was shot. I replaced the starter (with solenoid) today and the same thing. No sounds, no nothing except radio & lights all work (except brakes).

I don't think this has anything to do with it, but I recently installed an original style battery, and the starter situation didn't change after that. Has anyone seen anything like this before and can they offer any advice?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 03, 04:32 PM
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You didn't put in one of those Repro Delco R-59 batteries did you? They are best used to prop a door open, or to stand on to reach something on a high shelf. They last about a year if your lucky, and more likely about 6 months.

The starting problem sounds like an ignition switch problem. Can you start it by jumping across the solenoid terminals with a screw driver? If so check your ignition switch. Have you recently, (or ever) taken your bulkhead connector behind your fuse block apart? You may have a loose, or partially pushed out spade terminal inside this connector.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 03, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Mark,

Yes........and yes!

I did use the repro battery (I am a purist) and in doing so, I had to mess with the junction block. But, after wiring, it started just as normal.

As far as the ignition, I'll go try the trick with the solenoid! Thanks for the help, I'll let you know if that worked!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 03, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I just tried the deal with the starter and no dice! I'll pull the battery out tomorrow and take a look at the junction block area. Maybe I'll find something suspect?

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