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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 4th, 19, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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67 Camaro keeps dying

My 67 base model with 350 keeps dieing on me. I will be driving along and I notice the aftermarket radio turns off and the gen light goes dark, moments later the car will die. It runs great with a full charged battery. I have replaced the voltage regulator, battery, alternator, pulled out the ignition plug and cleaned. Ohmed out the wire from the alternator to the splice, fuseable link to voltage regulator, splice to battery. The back tail light wires are newer no shorts there. I don’t want to do the whole wire harness so I’m posting here to see if I’m overlooking something.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 4th, 19, 05:59 AM
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re: 67 Camaro keeps dying

I have the same problem. The spades on the wires to the horn relay get a little corroded on occasion. Just pull off and re insert. Good to go for a couple of years.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 4th, 19, 08:45 AM
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Re: 67 Camaro keeps dying

On our 50+ year old cars, corrosion is the most common problem in the electrical system.

Grounds: I recommend you clean all of the ground connections where they bolt to the engine, body, and frame. I clean the lugs and frame / body area with 180 grit sand paper and then apply NO-OX to both surfaces before bolting the connection back using new star washers. The conductor from the battery to the body (fender) is a common problem as well as those at the voltage regulator and horn relay. Many times the braided ground conductors from the body to the engine and frame are eliminated with a engine swap as they are a PIA and unsightly - NOT a good idea in my opinion.

Capacitors: These are needed only if you play the original radio on AM. These capacitors fail over time due to internal construction and can cause a short to drain the battery. The only capacitor needed (in stock wiring) is internal to the distributor to the points.

Firewall connector to fuse box: Remove the connectors and clean any corrosion from the pins. Lightly coat with NO-OX and reinstall.
Charging system: If you charge the battery and it runs fine until the battery gets low, you have bad diodes in the alternator or a bad voltage regulator. Use you multimeter to check for voltage draw when the engine is off and all accessories are off.

Bolted positive 12v connections: These corrode at the starter, alternator, horn relay, etc. They may work with a fully charged battery, but fail when the voltage gets low. You still need to find why the charging system is not keeping the battery fully charged.

At this point, you need to start testing each circuit for a short. Pulling the fuses and doing ohm tests and amp draw tests.

The only answer to your problem is slow meticulous troubleshooting and maintenance of the electrical system.

Good luck.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 4th, 19, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks man, I Saw the horn relay in the diagram then my car but haven’t messed with it yet. And the connectors to the fuse block at the firewall are in sad shape. You made a lot of sense thanks again for replying. I’ll go through it and hopefully report back with good news.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 4th, 19, 10:11 AM
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Re: 67 Camaro keeps dying

Have you checked to see if the system is charging? I had a new re-man alternator that was junk
from the get go. If you doubt the alternator at all take it to a parts store for testing. Beyond that
check all connections as has been said. What do you mean by "ignition plug"?


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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 4th, 19, 12:10 PM
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Re: 67 Camaro keeps dying

I had a similar issue. Turns out the new alternator was junk. Run a meter on it for a period of time and see if there are any fluctuations.
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