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Need Help! No Start 1956 Chevy Cameo

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BigBoltChevy, Mar 3, 2018.

  1. BigBoltChevy
    Joined: Jan 10, 2013
    Posts: 17


    I just bought this cameo and still have not managed to get it started. Im trying to hunt down the cause of my no start condition. I just replaced the ignition switch, I have continuity from the solenoid to switch, etc. Can someone tell me if the Condenser is suppose to be connected to the Negative or Positive post on the coil. I'm getting just a click from the solenoid, but not firing. Next up is to perhaps replace the coil and condenser and dizzy, but I want to make sure I at least have it wired right.[​IMG]

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  2. Markgyver
    Joined: Aug 16, 2007
    Posts: 151


    Negative side.... Replace that wiring before you burn your truck to the ground.

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  3. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 5,273


    (Rhetorical question) Why do people do that? Repairing a wire is one of the easiest things to do.
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  4. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,682


    that might be the radio intereference condenser, which you really don't need. It would be connected to + on the coil.

    The ignition condenser is inside the distributor, it is connected to the points and the negative terminal on the coil.

    Is the engine being turned by the starter motor? or is it just clicking? hard to tell from your description.
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  5. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
    Posts: 2,383

    David Gersic
    from DeKalb, IL

    “Doesn’t start” is a pretty big target. Instead, describe exactly what it *does* do. That’ll help narrow down where to look.

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  6. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,695

    Member Emeritus

    Battery condition? Clean grounds and connections? Points opening? New condenser (you'd be surprised how often they're bad)? Starter motor brushes in good shape (solenoid sounds like it's working, but could possibly use flipping the internal posts around to be safe/make full contact)? Getting fuel (good fuel)? Getting spark at the plugs? All that, and it should at least "fire off", but may not "run". The distributor does't look to be "set" in right; going to be hard to adjust the points from outside the cap; or is it just W-A-Y over-advanced? I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
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  7. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,401

    from Oregon

    x 10 on that wiring. It looks like a problem(s) waiting to happen. I think if you repair the wiring like it is supposed to be will give you peace of mind. You do not want to have problems on the side of the interstate etc etc .
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  8. Early Ironman
    Joined: Feb 1, 2016
    Posts: 553

    Early Ironman

    Make sure your getting the full 12+ volts to the coil when the ignition is on. By the looks of the wiring, that may be an issue in addition to something else.

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