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Old 02-08-2009, 05:59 AM
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Help Start a 1954 Chevy Pickup

I curently have a 1954 Chevy Pickup with a I6 235, the motor was freshly gone threw and re done and i know the truck starts up and runs i just cant seem to get it running, it has a 12V Positive ground for the system, well it has 12v gen, 12v coil, ect ect so i got a battery brought it over and ran some jumper cables like this

12v battery + (red) to ground strap connecting in between the frame and the trans.

12v battery - (Black) to the starter

there is a small voltage reducer added so when i hook up rest of the truck it will still work at 6v but i will end up takeing this out, and there is a wire that runs from

12V battery + (red) to the + side of the coil then the - side of the coil runs to the points.

so having everything hooked up i hit the starter and it cant even do a full crank just a partial crank, and then its like the battery is dead


so any sugestions or anyone think i need to go get a larger battery and try again? if so what CCA should i get on a new battery?

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I have been known to be wrong a time or two, but to the best of my knowledge GM did NOT use a positive ground system-ever. Ford and Cry-sler did. I'm thinking you have a reverse polarity problem. Switch your battery cables around and go from there. You will have to maintain the resister from the key switch to coil, or you will fry the coil, and maybe the points as well. 12v coils are still designed to operate on 6/8 volts.
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yeah i figured that, and am going to try that today, i am charging up the battery right now, and i will try it within the hour, i sat around along time thinking and thinking i dont have to worry about a key or anything because its basicly a motor on a frame
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positive!

Gizmo is right.

For future reference, use the red cable to go from the battery + to the starter. Red is always Positive.

Black cable always goes from the battery - to ground. Usually the ground cable goes somewhere on the engine such as the alternator frame.

You don't want to have these cable colors switched and have some tow truck driver make the wrong connection due to cable color and making a quick move without paying attention. Stay standard and stay safe.

Steve
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