<VV> Starter Mystery
ricknorris at suddenlink.net
Tue Jul 6 07:12:03 EDT 2010
Although probably not the problem I would check the battery cable where it
passes through the firewall sheet metal. I have seen fires caused by the
cable being cut by the sheet metal because the grommet is missing.
#36 Sunoco Corvair
> This sounds like a case of back feeding the solenoid through the
> distributor coil primary wiring bypassing the ignition switch. May be
> caused by overheated and failed wiring insulation.
> Ken P
> "Brian" <bmoneill at juno.com> wrote:
> I'm stumped! Here's the story. The car is a 1968 110 PG. Three weeks
> ago while
> the owner was going 65-70 MPH on the interstate, he began to hear a loud
> knocking sound
> from the engine. within a mile the engine had seized. He pulled to the
> side and turned
> off the ignition. He then turned the key to the run position. For just a
> moment, the
> warning lights came on but hen the entire electrical system was out. No
> lights, nothing.
> The battery ground cable and some other wires were HOT!
> The car was flat bedded home. About two hours later, the electrical
> system again
> functioned. Needless to say the engine was locked solid. A tear down
> showed number 6
> rod bearing welded to the crank. A total rebuild followed.
> Before installing the engine, the oil system was primed and checked with a
> guage, It had
> more than 45 PSI at about 800-00 RPM using a big electric drill. The
> engine turned
> freely and smoothly by hand.
> After installation, the engine was static timed. When the starter was
> used the engine
> turned over slowly as if the battery was weak. The mystery began when the
> key was turned
> off and removed. The starter continued to slowly turn the engine. Two
> starter, a new
> ignition switch and a new neutral safety switch failed to cure the
> problem. As the
> starter turns after the key is removed the battery negative cable get HOT!
> All types of tricks have been tried. Disconnecting, the alternator among
> other. Nothing
> stops the starter from turning. The car has a new engine compartment and
> body wiring
> harness. It also has a new stater 'mini-harness'. The car has a Pertronix
> I'm stumped. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
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