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Old 05-15-2003, 04:05 PM
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Unhappy Car Starts but wont stay running

Hello, Me and my dad have been restoring a 1968 camaro for a customer since january. When we first got the car in the shop a bolt striped in the starter and made a horrid screech when I would crank it. The owner brought use a new starter. Today I installed it and wired it up.
Now when i crank it it fires up til i let go of the key and it will only run if i hold the key in the start position.Well i been messin with it all day and still it persists. This car is nearly completed. Anybody have know what it may be. i think its the wrong solinoid.
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Old 05-15-2003, 04:36 PM
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Try switching the wires on the sol.
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Old 05-15-2003, 04:41 PM
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Make sure the coil is getting power with the key in the run position. If this car has had an HEI distributor installed in place of the points, make sure the power feeding the dist. is not through a resistor/resistor wire. I haven't seen one not run at all with the resistor in place, just run like crap. It's possible that the points boost wire that runs from the starter solenoid to the distributor is supplying enough voltage only when cranking.
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It has 4 wires 2 have holes just big enough for the positive terminal on the sol. The other 2 have smaller holes for the other terminal.
Is there supposed to be another small terminal. we think he may have gotten the wrong starter.

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There should be a large terminal for the batt cable, two small ones,one on each side
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So that means he got the right starter but with the wrong solinoid then.
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You should have 2 small terminal end wires one is for the solenoid the other is to put 12V to the coil while the starter is engaged... If the car is dying after the release of the key then the resistance wire coming from the ignition side of the key switch is loosing power somewhere...? Check to make sure there are two wires going to the positive side of the coil the neg will be going to the dist... But as "BstMech" stated if your using an HEI distributor then make sure you dont have the resistive wire feeding the battery connector on the HEI... This would only provide 6V to the distributor and most likely fry the module and for sure wont fire it... A little hint on the resistive wire is it should be very stiff and the wire inside will be silver not copper color... Normal wire color (insulation) for this is yellow also...
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Old 05-19-2003, 04:24 PM
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It is also possible that the ignition switch has gone bad. Just went through that with my mother-in-laws car. It was stuck at my house. She was with it! That was a real emergency!!!
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