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I have a 1981 buick regal limited with v8 chevy small block but I can seem to keep a good ground. Need advice if someone can help

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but I can seem to keep a good ground. Need advice if someone can help
Did you mean to say "I can't seem to keep a good ground"? You said you can keep a good ground.
If you really want some advice, I would advise you to go back to school.

Now, as far as establishing good grounds, you will need to grind down to bare metal and bolt a cable from the frame to the motor and from the motor to the body. Also, replace the positive and negative battery cables. I have seen them corrode down inside the covering where you can't see it.
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No, don't grind the paint away. Use star washers. They have many types. Internal, external, heavy duty or light. Using these, they dig a spot on their own to make a good connection.
By the way, I went by the post: grounding issues. So I overlooked the mis-spelling. Not a problem. Ask it anyway you want to. This isn't English Grammar 101 class.
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This isn't English Grammar 101 class.
It is if he's talking to me. Someone has to correct bad english.
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It is if he's talking to me. Someone has to correct bad english.
I didn't see where he asked you directly, or am I mistaken ??? Nope, I don't think so...
He said: Need advice if someone can help

Or is your name someone ?
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I typically grind the Paint, use a Star Washer and the put Lithium Grease between the Cable, Star Washer and Frame-
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You didn't say where your grounding issues were. The above posts about star washers is in my opinion the best way to attach grounds. Quality fasteners and cable ends will make it easier to maintain ground connections. I don't use lithium grease but I will use dielectric grease on connections that are exposed to the weather.
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You should grind the area to remove the paint before you install a star washer. Bare metal to bare metal is the best choice when doing or redoing ground connection points. I always use star washers, as they dig into the metal. Install the washer and fastener and paint over the area. If I had a high end paint job on the frame I'd still remove the paint, I'd just be very careful.
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Thanks for the information guys. But Mr . Tech I didn't ask you directly this is a fourm if you didn't realize
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It is if he's talking to me. Someone has to correct bad english.

Musta slept thru english class !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Did you mean to say "I can't seem to keep a good ground"? You said you can keep a good ground.
If you really want some advice, I would advise you to go back to school.
Wow, you can be a real jerk tech... speaking of schooling, look up civility, it seems to be a lost skill today.

As to grounding issues... Drill and tap the frame, apply dielectric grease to a long stainless bolt, throw a star washer on it and then thread it through the opposite side of the frame. Now use another star washer and install a stainless lock nut. You now have a stud that is threaded into the frame, ready for you to install a ground. Use lots of dielectric grease as you assemble the ground to the stud, use a couple more star washers and a stainless nut.

Check to make sure your grounding straps are good from the frame to motor, and from the body to the frame. if they aren't you can buy generic grounding straps from NAPA.

This has worked well for me in the past. Anytime I need to ground something I use this principal.

Hope that helps!

PS: I didn't spell or grammar check this post.. 'cause it's the Hotrodders website, not an online English course...

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