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Old 10-28-2002, 03:34 AM
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Red face 6volt 6cyl chevy

I have a 6volt 6cyl between 1940 to 1957. chevy pu. it has a spark. it tryed to start 2x.it has new wire's point's plugs and coil. but it don't seem to wont to start with out a fight. I put gas in the carb. but i'm not sure how it works. if i put too much gas in or too little.ok your telling me that 1940 to 1957 is neg- ground and pos- hot. any help would be greatley help full.

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Old 10-28-2002, 06:18 AM
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I have a '53 Chevy pickup with a '57 235 engine. It was converted to 12V when I got it and it has never given me any starting problems. I recommend you consider converting some day. That said, you car should start. I assume it is inreasonably good shape (rings sealing, new spark plugs, good wires, coil, points etc.). Make sure your points are properly gapped. Is your distributor shaft tight in the housing? These engines had grease cup lubrication and that got ignored by owners. If there is any movement at all when you try to wiggle the shaft, that will cause all kinds of weird problems, including hard starting.
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First of all, GM 6Volt systems are NEGATIVE (-) ground just like all modern cars. Virtually all other 6V cars and trucks are pos (+) ground but not GM cars or trucks.
The biggest contributors to non-start/poor battery charging/weak lights etc. are simple to correct. First, keep your belt tight as per specs. Second, do not use modern chicken-crap cables for your battery. Use only the large diameter heavy and fairly expensive cables made by Standard Ignition or other 1st line manufacturers. Add an additional ground wire in the form of a tradional woven wire or conventional insulated wire double-eyed cable from a bellhousing bolt to the frame. Make sure all ground points are clean and you use starwashers when installing cables/wires there.
If you do this and have a quality hot battery you will not fall victim to the "traditional" 6volt complaints which are mostly a result of worn-out parts and lack of proper maintenance.
Enough preaching. Best of luck!
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