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Old 02-08-2012, 10:06 PM   #61
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Re: The Hubbly Bubbly Bus!

i was starting to think along th same lines dd,il try that,being on the road sucks that way!(on a side note i read your entire build thread sunday...nice build! )
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:12 PM   #62
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Re: The Hubbly Bubbly Bus!

i will probably stop by this weekend and see what i can do for you!
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:30 AM   #63
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i will probably stop by this weekend and see what i can do for you!
bring jumper cables, and see if you can start it right off the starter, if it wont turn over, and start , then most likey its the starter, if it starts ok, then you have a wire problem some where in the system, its should be a pretty semple system, Im sure you will have no problem figureing it out.

once again, i think what you are doing for them is really great!! makesm me feel a warm and fuzzie!!

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Old 02-10-2012, 08:10 PM   #64
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just trying to help out.....i will see what i can do....yes i will bring cables and,i have all the tools that we could possably need,im just afraid of what the homeless guy has done
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:47 PM   #65
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Re: The Hubbly Bubbly Bus!

On your 390 Ford is the solenoid mounted on the starter or on the firewall or fender?
Many time a starter problem is in the solenoid; the contacts in them get all burnt up.
It would be allot easier to pull the starter if it is mounted on it and have the starter tested at an auto parts store; most of then do it for free.
Remote mounted starter solenoid you can do a test by using heavy jumper cable to bypass the solenoid and run battery juice directly to the starter and see if it then cranks over; it does then mostly bad solenoid.
The problem in doing this test is you are now dealing with high amps and done wrong can burn you bad or start a fire through a short.
If you do this test leave the ignition off; you are just testing to see if it cranks not trying to start it.
If it does crank you need to then check that "little" wire that energizes the solenoid when you turn the key and use a volt meter and disconnect it; have someone turn the key to the start position and read the voltage; should be at least 12v, it is not find out why.
Another way and more safer is use a good 12v power source; another battery? To just "fire" the remote solenoid and see if it now cranks..
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:15 AM   #66
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Re: The Hubbly Bubbly Bus!

thats right , i forgot those fords have a fender mounted solenoid, you can jump to the starter from there, just be carefull!! sparks, and amps
keep us posted
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:22 AM   #67
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Re: The Hubbly Bubbly Bus!

Jumping a ford solinoid is not rocket science. its the very first thing you do when you have power and no start. they are cheap, i keep some on hand for other cars (like chevy can be easily adaped to use them, and many motorcycles like old goldwings, etc )
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:06 PM   #68
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well i didnt make it up there this weekend,dammit,i had to work...i did find 2 new solenoids tho...free,so i will have those in hand
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:15 PM   #69
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i did however just go back on this thread and saw the old silenoid....it looks old....its the 4 terminal unit...im trying to rember if the ones i have are 3 or 4
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Re: The Hubbly Bubbly Bus!

If I remember correctly the 4th terminal gave the coil a full 12v for starting and then coil was fed about 8v thru the ballist resistor, the 12v helped the engines start easier

I have seen them go bad and when cranking the coil had 0v availible,so no start or it would hit a lick when key was moved from the crank to run position if engine was still turning over
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