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Old 04-22-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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starting problem

My mother has a 1969 camaro a friend and i are trying to get running after its sat a few years,we did everything we should have. We primed the motor cleaned the plugs and gaped them. Put a good battery in it. We rebuilt the carb and put gas down the carb. The motor is free and the compression is good and all the valves are free. We tried cranking it and it cranks slow. Could it be the starter? Thats what we are leaning to. I had it checked and it was good but the bearings or bushings sounded horrible
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:46 AM   #2
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Clean your ground strap connection real well and the ignition timing first.

It could be that the starter needs a new drive clutch gear (bendix) because of the sounds you are hearing on the bench. Overhauling the starter is pretty easy and very cheap. Look for a generator and starter service in your area and see if they can sell you the parts or just hand it over to them.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:48 AM   #3
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I just started my 79 Z28 a few weeks ago, after it sat for years. I had trouble getting the starter to spin and so I took it out and did the old bench test on it using a battery and jumper cables. At first it wouldn't turn...then it spun like a champ. So back in it went since I was just trying to get it started. If it shows any issues again then out it comes. I also had to clean up some of the wiring to the starter/solenoid as they were a bit crispy from the headers nearby. Searching the internet gave several hits on how to do the bench test and other ideas.

Oh I just noticed you had the starter checked already. Good idea on checking the ground above.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:28 PM   #4
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I went out and bought a new starter, but the one that was on it was made for a automatic were ours is a manual and I got the wrong one from AutoZone
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:35 PM   #5
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And he checked the timing and cleaned the points
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:54 AM   #6
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We got it started last night after getting another starter and she runs sweet
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