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Re: A Tale of Two Patricians
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Are you sure there is not another wire on the BAT post at the starter solenoid. If nothing is connected there or directly to the battery it is very hard to understand how the car is being powered because nothing else in a feedback path could supply the power to the places needed for the car to run or have lights work.

Normally there would be a short length of 10ga red wire with a thin flag terminal coming out of the loom. That wire has some splices inside the loom and feeds the voltage regulator before it goes inside to power the headlight switch, body circuit breaker and ignition switch. Sometimes the wire out of the loom is very short and if it has lost color then with the flag terminal laying flat it is almost hidden against the case of the solenoid or under the battery cable.

If it is in fact missing and the battery cable and connection is stock then I am truly confused as to what someone could have done.

Posted on: 3/17 8:54
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Re: A Tale of Two Patricians
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Howard, I am absolutely sure and there is nothing that anyone did to cause it. This was a running and driving car (my everyday car) when parked so many years ago and has completely stock wiring.

As mentioned earlier, the other two wires that were on the battery post included the body feed (the one with the bundle of wires coming together) and a single, separate large gauge wire that I believe is for the headlights. There is nothing else on the terminal except the battery cable.

However, BigKev may have hit the nail on the head on suggesting that the ignition switch is somehow to blame and if not that, it may be the solenoid itself giving feedback through the small starter wire still attached to the third terminal.

Unfortunately, the shop is now closed up until I come back next as I’m leaving today but I’ll try to have on hand what is needed to fix it when I do return. The first thing, though, will be to replace the fan with the proper one.

Posted on: 3/17 10:22
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