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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-24-17, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Drove and parked car last fall for winter. Removed battery cables. Went to start this May and replaced cables and turned key to start, engine turned over, would not start. Turned key off and engine contuniued to turn over, had to remove positive cable to stop. Since then I have replaced, starter, starter solenoid, battery, pertronix coil and iginiter system, key switch and also have checked all wires for shorts with Ohmmeter? Still have no spark when I remove coil wire and turn engine over. Have never had a problem in the 30 years I have owned . Engine is basically stk 390 with crusomatic. Any suggestions or help is appreciated.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-24-17, 02:49 PM
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Try disconnecting the alternator , could be back feeding to key keeping it running .
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Would have never thought about disconnecting the alternator, BUT did it and it started like a new car. Next time you are in the Southsuburan Chicago area email me or call and I'll buy you a beer or two. Thanks a whole lot,
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Glad to help , thanks for update and offer of a beer .

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Mr. Logan, Have had some trouble getting back on this forum. Since my last message About the car starting, I have put the starter switch and light switch with the attached fuse box back in the dash mounts. I had disconnected the battery to avoid a potential short or spark while putting the switches back in the dash.
After replacing them And connecting the battery again, the engine turned over but would not start. Removed the alt cable and still didn't start, replaced the cable and still no start just turning over. Tried wiggling the wires under the dash thinking a loose wire but no joy.
Any new thoughts, I am at wits end.
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Try running a jumper wire from the battery to the coil, not the distributor side, and see if it will start. If it starts you'll need to pull that wire to stop the engine. Only do this long enough to see if it starts as you will be bypassing the resistor, if it still has one.

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Not the best on electrics , I always had auto sparks whose those jobs were left to . In Europe we were still + ground till about 1967 , usually behind the States . So worth double checking battery polarity . Had to rack the old brain , so long ago when last hot wired a older car and not sure of set up on that car . As jwko suggests , take a live feed directly from battery to coil which will give you ignition and then bridge the solenoid if fitted , or starter direct to crank engine .

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Have you verified there is no spark at plugs when cranking and are getting fuel ?

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My idea was to bypass the ignition and hot wire directly to the coil. I'm sure the polarity is fine 12v negative ground.

I simplified my post above. was a bit confusing.
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Jwko and Mr Logan, tried the hot wire and still no joy. Everything electric works when key is trurned to run, when turned to start position things stop working and engine turns over very nicely, but won't start.
Primary iginition circuit resistance test show 9-10volts when cranking and 12 volts when in run position. Primary iginition voltage when in run is 12v. Tested pink resistance wire for ohm's and got same as new wire.
Not an electrician but seriously thinking of changing my trouble light back to an old 100 watt incandescent and leaving in on overnight while resting on some paper towels on the floor. (Just joking)
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