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Old 08-13-2006, 12:55 PM
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Its dead Jim!

I have a restored 1970 Chevy Nova. Its has the basic crate 350 engine with edlebrok intake manifold and 4 bl carb with a summit HEI distributor. Nothing else real extravagant as far as big stereo system and such.
I was driving home the other evening and as I turned onto my street the car just died. It didn't sputter or give any warning at all, it just died. No lights, no radio, no gages, nothing. I put it in park and turned the key and nothing happened. The starter did not engage, nothing made a sound when I turned the key!
I put it in neutral and had my wife slide over and I pushed it across the intersection. As it started to roll to a stop, I noticed the brake lights come back on. I jumped back in, turned the key and it fired right up. I drove it back into the garage with no further issues where it still sits. Now I'm scared to drive it anywhere for fear of it dying again! Any ideas??

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Old 08-13-2006, 01:17 PM
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Well if you lost power to everything....I would start looking at the battery...check the cables ( both ends) the connections etc. Check the connections on your starter solinoid as well because your ignition and the feed for your fuse panel attach there as well as your Positive batt. cable.
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Old 08-13-2006, 05:57 PM
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Doc here,

As always, we assume you have already checked the Battery Power and ground cables , and the ground buss system..and eliminated those as good.

Check the bolt at the starter solenoid "B" terminal..(the big bolt the cable goes to) , Be sure it is tight and none of it's wires are damaged..The !0 gauge wire is the main support for the car Electrical system.

If you have a Fusible link, inspect it for intermittent..

On a Nova , the major area of contention is the main harness plug as it goes through the firewall, They fall out, and get dirty, Inspect that, clean and burnish the pins, and be sure it seats properly, If that is the cause..You may want to go a step further, and inspect the motor mounts, you may have a broken one.

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Check for a wire that's intermittently making ground contact. My '72 had the big red wire from the alternator drooped a little too close to the exhaust crossover on the intake manifold, and the insulation melted off, causing it to short out once in a while. Same deal with the big cable to the starter getting too close to a header tube. That one only died out on hard right turns when the cable would swing into ground, causing sudden unintended throttle-steering quirks, then it would come back to life.
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