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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 11, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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69 Camaro Starting Problems

Okay I have a 69 Camaro 396

I dont drive it a lot but when I do it will run fine until I shut it off. Then it wont start. I have read many threads regarding "hot start" but I'm not sure this is my problem. The car will crank after running it slightly with a grunt noise then by several clicking noises. If I jump the car, it starts fine. I've had the timeing adjusted but it didnt solve the problem.

The battery is located in the truck. I use 0-gauge wire from the back to the front. I checked the wire and everything is fine. Now I am using a flexable 0-guage like you would use for car audio systems. Do I need to switch to a thicker copper wire?

I have replaced the battery once, it corrected the problem for about 2-weeks but it came back. Since the car sits a lot, sometimes I do have to jump it initially to get it running.
I have tested the battery when it dosen't crank, voltage is around 12.3 volts but when I crank it the meter drops to about 8 volts. So I know I have a problem somewhere with voltage drop.

Guess I need to put a load on it to see if there is a drain on the battery too?

Any advice you can give me would be great!!

Thanks,

Jim
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 11, 12:22 PM
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Re: 69 Camaro Starting Problems

Sounds like the config with the battery in the back, when the car is running do you get 13-14 Volts using a meter. Sound like maybe your alternator or voltage regulator may be part of the problem.

Yes HOT Start is related to the proper spacer for the carb.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 11, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 69 Camaro Starting Problems

Thanks Jeff.

When I test at the battery when it's running it does show around 13.5 volts.

I will add that after running the car and letting it sit for about 30- minutes, it will start after a couple of trys. Maybe I have more than 1 issue...
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 11, 04:48 PM
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Re: 69 Camaro Starting Problems

You need to do a voltage drop test, this will show you where your voltage loss is. You need a digital volage meter to do this and if you google it the test method should be explained, to me it sounds like you have a heat issue at the starter, also make sure the engine is properly grounded. The ground connection to your battery needs to be good and the size of the cable matters to.

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