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1929 Ford Hot Rod won't start

I have a 29 Ford Hot Rod, 351C C4 auto. It's been reliable over for some time. Just the other day it decided that it would not start up. All i got was a click at the starter, but it would not turn over at all. I've put in a new battery, starter, solenoid, ignition switch. The engine does turn over by hand. There are 12V at the starter. I've shorted it at the solenoid and still only get a click. When i turn the headlights on and turn the key the lights don't dim. Any thoughts?

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Hot Rod won't start - help please

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I have a 29 Ford Hot Rod, 351C C4 auto. It's been reliable over for some time. Just the other day it decided that it would not start up. All i got was a click at the starter, but it would not turn over at all. I've put in a new battery, starter, solenoid, ignition switch. The engine does turn over by hand. There are 12V at the starter. I've shorted it at the solenoid and it still only clicks. When i turn the headlights on and turn the key the lights don't dim. Any thoughts?
I'd be checking the cables and their terminals.
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....and once you have checked those cables and if you find nothing wrong, then it's a better then even chance it's the starter, particularly if you've been using a original style. A little different engine, but my last 351W ate a rebuild or two a year until I went to a decent Summit after market unit - and it's the same starter. The symptom - a clicking solenoid.

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If you went straight to the starter and it doesn't work, its the starter....either its jamming or its beat...take it off and bench test it
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The first thing I'd suggest is that you remove the battery cables and clean the inside of the connectors and the battery posts until they look shiny. Then re-install and check. Oxidation between the battery posts and the cable ends is often the cause for the problem you have.
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no start

also ck the engine ground.. it just might have been too small and burnt though.
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Fixed!

I really appreciate all of the advice!!!! Went through the electrical, grounds, etc.. removed the new starter and bench tested it and the new powermaster turned out to be bad. Replaced it and it's running great once again.

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Originally Posted by 29Roadster
I have a 29 Ford Hot Rod, 351C C4 auto. It's been reliable over for some time. Just the other day it decided that it would not start up. All i got was a click at the starter, but it would not turn over at all. I've put in a new battery, starter, solenoid, ignition switch. The engine does turn over by hand. There are 12V at the starter. I've shorted it at the solenoid and still only get a click. When i turn the headlights on and turn the key the lights don't dim. Any thoughts?
Attach a ground cable (Strap) from the starter to a clean bolt on the frame Is the battery grounded to the frame?

Dan
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