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Old 09-19-2016, 08:34 AM   #1
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body ground starter issue

on my 67 sbc Camaro starts fine then after driven awhile sometimes starts sometimes not. no click nothing.... found two issues one the yellow wire was broken into... to the starter as well as body ground wire from body ti frame was broken could the body ground make it not start? no headers
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Old 09-19-2016, 01:55 PM   #2
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VERY OLD problem. We used to keep a large craftsman screw driver in the glove box for this issue. We would MAKE CERTAIN the car was NOT IN GEAR, then short circuit across the starter terminals with the ignition key in the "on" position. This would cause the starter to crank and start the car.

If this screwdriver method works to start your car there are several possible solutions. Nobody likes the one we used back in the day but it DOES work - add a Ford starter relay to the circuit. No GM wires are cut and no permanent modifications. I can show you more if you are interested.

Yes I do have one on my car. :~D
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:25 AM   #3

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I used a push button jump starter instead of the screwdriver on my 67.
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:28 PM   #4
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On my SBC Vega it would happen that way when it got hot. Pulled the starter, cleaned the copper points and it was better. The final fix was what STINGR69 posted. Here's a schematic.
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