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Old 07-27-2012, 05:37 PM
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Hello, I've just inherited my fathers 59 after a nasty legal battle. Anyway, she would not give me the keys. I put a new ignition switch in her and a new battery. Tried to crank her over, after turning it over by hand, because she sat for 10 years. Nothing at all, not even a click. The gen light is on, but goes off when I turn the key. Turn signals and lights work. What could be my problem? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:38 PM
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Test the resistor block on the inside firewall, drivers side...

Might also try to bypass the starter solenoid on the passenger side inner fender apron too. Just to see if this is your culprit.

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You have a loose battery connection.

The moment you said the GEN light went off, told me. You can verify by using one jumper cable. Put it on POS and touch the starter side of the solenoid. Make sure your gear is in PARK when you try because the starter should take off.

Sorry to hear you had such a battle. At least you got your Squarebird. I hope you enjoy many years of cruisin with her. ASAP, get a Shop Manual. All the vendors sell them.

If your jumper cable works on the starter, look for a mis-wired key switch. The electrical diagram is in our Technical Resource Library. - Dave
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:17 AM
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You have a loose battery connection.

The moment you said the GEN light went off, told me. You can verify by using one jumper cable. Put it on POS and touch the starter side of the solenoid. Make sure your gear is in PARK when you try because the starter should take off.

Sorry to hear you had such a battle. At least you got your Squarebird. I hope you enjoy many years of cruisin with her. ASAP, get a Shop Manual. All the vendors sell them.

If your jumper cable works on the starter, look for a mis-wired key switch. The electrical diagram is in our Technical Resource Library. - Dave
Thaks for the tips!! I checked the connections, they are tight, but a little rusty, not bad at all, but I'll clean all connections, and let you guys know. Thanks again!!!!! I'll get some pics up soon.
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Well, I crossed the selinoid, and she turned over! Amen! lol I thought I would atleast hear a click from it, but I guess not. I'm just hoping that **** mouse didnt chew any wiring!
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I suppose after the selinoid , its a cap, button, and points. I primed her, and cranked....not even trying to fire. Would you say to start with the cap, and points? And how would I check the regulator box?
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:32 PM
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Are you starting it with the key or just jumping the solenoid. Jumping the solenoid won't give a spark. You have to use the ignition switch or at least have it in the on position.

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I suppose after the selinoid , its a cap, button, and points. I primed her, and cranked....not even trying to fire. Would you say to start with the cap, and points? And how would I check the regulator box?
You aren't there yet.

Jon said to check the resistor. I'm with him. You can also check for voltage at the coil: With the key turned to 'IGN', check the coil's top stud that is marked +. You should find 12-volts to ground there. Let us know what you get.

When you turn the key to 'Start' and the shifter is in Park or Neutral, the solenoid should energize. Keep the key in START while you run the gear shifter up and down. See if you get any starter action. If not, we will troubleshoot from here.
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My guess it the Neutral Safety Switch is out of adjustment (or shifter detent is worn). Try starting it in neutral or hold the shifter up while turning the switch to the start position.

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