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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 19, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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A big thanks to the community!

Just wanted to thank the community here for bailing me out with some knowledge recently. Last weekend I took out my 68 for a weekend drive. I parked in my driveway when I got back, so I could do a light cleaning. I was leaving the next day for a trip out of state so I wanted to get the Camaro in the garage.
I went to start it up after the wipe down ( my wife calls this quick wipe, the "whores bath"!) And I get a dull thump sound and no ignition. I notice that the door open/key in ignition sound is gone and the dome light is out. I have no power at all. After checking the battery and trying a starter jump, I think to look at the fuses.
How the hell do you remove these? I broke the 4a in the ign. Slot trying to pull it so I couldn't tell if it was out or not.
20 mins later, im back from AutoZone and starting to pray to the gods of 50 yr old automotive tech. I got the new fuse in place but no joy. No power still.
Now, cursing the gods of automotive tech. , I turned to this forum, where I should have gone first. Admittedly, the electrical subsection is a scary place for a newbie like me. The checklists for finding the issue made my eyes bleed, and I was starting to imagine having my neighbor help me push the dead Camaro in to the garage, or worse have it towed to the shop.
Fortunately, one post here recommend starting with the easiest checks, one of which was the battery terminal connections. I jiggjed the POS. And ground individually and noticed the dome light would come on when I moved the ground connection. Another search on this forum and I saw that a corroded cable can cause grounding out/ total power loss.
Man, was I relieved when a simple brushing and cleaning of the terminal and cable restored power!
In the few months I've owned this car, I've learned to hold my breath when I go to start her up. At least I have this excellent knowledge base, here, to make up for my lack of experience. Many thanks to all who post and help!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 19, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Here she is. Sbc 400 SS/RS resto. Born in LA oct 68, originally ermine white with red interior.
https://ibb.co/7SyWTvR
fastercar68, R/T and 68cvb like this.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 19, 09:36 PM
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Re: A big thanks to the community!

Nice looker. That'd be Oct 1967, early in the model year. They were building 69's in Oct 68...

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 21st, 19, 04:29 AM
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Re: A big thanks to the community!

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Just wanted to thank the community here for bailing me out with some knowledge recently. Last weekend I took out my 68 for a weekend drive. I parked in my driveway when I got back, so I could do a light cleaning. I was leaving the next day for a trip out of state so I wanted to get the Camaro in the garage.
I went to start it up after the wipe down ( my wife calls this quick wipe, the "whores bath"!) And I get a dull thump sound and no ignition. I notice that the door open/key in ignition sound is gone and the dome light is out. I have no power at all. After checking the battery and trying a starter jump, I think to look at the fuses.
How the hell do you remove these? I broke the 4a in the ign. Slot trying to pull it so I couldn't tell if it was out or not.
20 mins later, im back from AutoZone and starting to pray to the gods of 50 yr old automotive tech. I got the new fuse in place but no joy. No power still.
Now, cursing the gods of automotive tech. , I turned to this forum, where I should have gone first. Admittedly, the electrical subsection is a scary place for a newbie like me. The checklists for finding the issue made my eyes bleed, and I was starting to imagine having my neighbor help me push the dead Camaro in to the garage, or worse have it towed to the shop.
Fortunately, one post here recommend starting with the easiest checks, one of which was the battery terminal connections. I jiggjed the POS. And ground individually and noticed the dome light would come on when I moved the ground connection. Another search on this forum and I saw that a corroded cable can cause grounding out/ total power loss.
Man, was I relieved when a simple brushing and cleaning of the terminal and cable restored power!
In the few months I've owned this car, I've learned to hold my breath when I go to start her up. At least I have this excellent knowledge base, here, to make up for my lack of experience. Many thanks to all who post and help!

Good looking car!!! And I couldn't agree more about the help this forum gives to those of us who aren't mechanics but love our cars. Just searching through the miles of past and present posts has been extremely helpful.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 21st, 19, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Nice looker.<img src="https://www.camaros.net/forums/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumbsup" class="inlineimg" /> That'd be Oct 1967, early in the model year. They were building 69's in Oct 68...
Interesting! Guess that makes sense considering how the Auto industry ships new year models.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 24th, 19, 12:55 AM
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Re: A big thanks to the community!

YA this website has been instrumental in the last two years of rebuilding my '67

Couldn't have done it with out you people. Much respect!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 24th, 19, 10:17 AM
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Re: A big thanks to the community!

Even though I own a 3rd gen Nova (cousin of the 1st gen Camaro), I often have used the technical information posted on this site for all of my engine, ignition, suspension, and drive train upgrades.

This site has saved me both time and money.... and has provided me with an expanded knowledge of current automotive treads and technologies.

I would also like to extend my thanks and gratitude to all team members that share their knowledge!
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