83 F150 wont start
I have not started my 83 F150 in several years and tried today. It didn't start, as you would probably expect. So we replaced the battery and tried again. Lights, etc worked so the battery was good, but when we turned the key it went "clunk". I'm thinking starter, but looked at this forum and saw some comments on the solenoid, so we tested that. We checked the power going into the solenoid (12V) and coming out of the solenoid (7 V), so we figured we would replace the solenoid next. We did that and tested the new solenoid. Again 12 V coming in and 7 V going out. We quit for the night and figured we would do some research. First question is what to try next? Is there any reason we can't simply bypass the solenoid, at least as a test to eliminate the solenoid as the issue? I know I will have plenty of problems getting the vehicle running again, but I kind of want to get one problem fixed before moving on. Any suggestions?