Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Ontario, Canada
Intermittant Starter problem
I have a crazy issue with my 68 Camaro small block starter. I has happend 3 times in 5 years and is always at a cruise nite. The thing starts on the first turn normally, and did so after the winter. I took the battery in the house in the fall and put it back in in the spring and pumped the gas and she fired on the first couple of turns.
I drove to a cruise nite and she sat for 3 hours and when I went to leave nothing not even a click. Lots of juice in the battery. We did all the standard things. We boosted it. We rocked it, tapped on the starter, and till nothing. It is an auto so we couldn't push start it. The only thing that seemed to work is turning the engine with the fan. After a couple of turns of the engine she fired on the first kick. It doens't click just nothing. I drove it home and tried it 5 times and it started every time.
I will take it to my local auto electric shop and see what can be done, but I was wondering if anyone has had this issue. I know about the hot start, and it has a heat wrap on it.
I am using a set of new spring ring cables so I have a good connection. The engine was cool to the touch so I don't think it was heat related. I am using an aftermarket chrome alternator and electronic iginition by Pertronix. I noticed on the way home that my amp gauge showed charging way over at 60 all the way home but that was with the lights. It normally is at just below 30.
Any help would be appreciated. I was told to go to a mini starter, and I was wondering about that as well.
I have owned 3 69 Z/28s: Garnet Red 30,000 mi unrestored.
Glacier Blue, documented Canadian Z
Rallye Green purchased new in 1969
1968 Camaro Coupe L30 275 horse. ]