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Old February 12th, 2009, 04:59 PM   #1
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well a while back i traded by dirtbike for a 1978 f150 custom, it has a 429 thunderjet from a 1969 thunderbird in it. it ran fine for a while, but i had to park it for winter since i couldnt afford to plate and insure it.

i tried starting it up a while back, but this part (pics below) started getting cherry red on the red corded side and throws sparks...i tried replacing it, but i seemed to have blown out the other one, the lights won't even come on in the cab anymore, however the old one still works, but i can't start the engine obviously...

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the silver washer on the head of that red cord is like "welded" on now
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That's your solenoid that controls current to your starter. If one of the sides was getting cherry red (probably the cable running to the + side of the battery), you have a short to ground somewhere.

I also see a red battery cable bolted to ground in one of your pictures - you have a few problems. If your wiring got that hot, I believe you melted some other important items as well.
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That's your solenoid that controls current to your starter. If one of the sides was getting cherry red (probably the cable running to the + side of the battery), you have a short to ground somewhere.

I also see a red battery cable bolted to ground in one of your pictures - you have a few problems. If your wiring got that hot, I believe you melted some other important items as well.
both of the battery cables are red, one of them seems to be ground twice. i didn't wire this up, but it seems to just suddenly shorted out...

how do i check for shorts without them being obviously fried?

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Don't check anything, Put new cables and a new solenoid on it and forget about it. An old solenoid will stick on crank when trying to start it with a low battery and melt the cables just like that. Or just sell that POS to me
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Don't check anything, Put new cables and a new solenoid on it and forget about it. An old solenoid will stick on crank when trying to start it with a low battery and melt the cables just like that. Or just sell that POS to me
i got a new solenoid but it threw sparks and the battery lights won't even come on, i'm wondering if i blew the solenoid? there's a whole mess of wires there and i'm not entirely sure where they all are SUPPOSED to go...

i'm trying to fix it so i can sell the whole truck
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If the + cable has wore/melted through and shorted out it will throw alot of sparks If you put a new solenoid and cables on the only thing it could be is the starter and that's so doubtfull it's not worth mentioning.

How much for the truck??????
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i was hoping for around 2000, the thread is here: http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthread.php?t=93149

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