Hi, I've never posted here before but I have on other similar sites. My friend has a 1972 Chevelle and we used Chevelles.com for helpful suggestions and knowledge when we were fixing up his car. And I recently bought this project car and it's time to fix up mine. So I hope fellow members on here can help me out on my problems that I may encounter.
Anyway, the car is a 1978 Camaro. It has a straight 6 in there right now (which I don't really care about). I have another 350 block that I'm building up which I wanna get in there in the next few weeks. But for the time being, I figured I'd mess around with this 6 cylinder which is already installed to see if I can hear it fire up. I'm not going to keep this one in there, but if I can get it to fire, then that'll be good!
Anyway, I recently bought a new starter for it (old one tested bad) and now, it cranks but still doesn't start. Sounds like my fuel pump is bad because I'm not getting any gas to the carb. That's not my problem now, I'll diagnose that a little later in the day.
My problem which I'd like to get help with is grounding. After getting the starter installed, we noticed one ground wire that goes from the firewall (like a strap - see pic) that is just hanging down. I'm sure it connects somewhere but I don't know where. Any suggestions? The ground wire from the battery goes directly to the frame and the smaller end of the wire goes onto the fender.
My neighbor said that wire is to make sure the engine gets good ground since the ground from the battery goes to the frame. But I can't find out where it connects to. That's my one problem - any help on that would be great!
Now, my second problem... when I crank it, the smaller end of the wire that connects to the fender, that gets VERY hot according to my neighbor. Why would that wire get so hot, any suggestions there?
I have pics of what I'm talking about from both my problems so let me know if anybody has some solutions. I'd like to get this thing wired properly and then move onto the engine and concentrate on getting it to fire. Thanks.
Here are the pics, first the one of the small wire that goes to the fender that gets very hot:
And now, here are the two pics of the ground strap that comes out of the firewall and just hangs down nowhere. I'm sure that goes somewhere, anybody know?
Thanks again, Eric.