I parked BW sideways across one of my garage doors as a hurricane prep before Irma. It's been starting fine altho sometimes I had to do a charge first and prime the carb, but it would crank and fire up no problem. I got it parked, it was running fairly well.
A couple of days later after the storm passed went out to move it back out to it's spot and I can't get it started! Won't even crank. Did the battery charge, no go. Took the battery, new solenoid, and positive cable out of my other '85, nyet. Can barely even get it to make a sound at all.
I'm getting power to the solenoid from the ignition, it seems to have enough power in the battery. I guess I need to start on the hard stuff - crawling under neath and cleaning the lead down to the starter, make sure all the grounds are good, maybe even pull the starter and ensure it's mating to the engine right.
Jeez, what a pain! Not to mention they had the wrong battery in it (side lugs vs on top, and pos and neg reversed). No hold down clamp (robbed the one from the parts truck). If they could find two different fasteners to attach something, that's the way it was done. The cables are the crappy kind that you clamp the wire down; not sure how to describe it.
What puzzles me is it started/cranked fine before, and now nothing. I used to own an Izusu truck that would go through starters. It had a "World Class" which was a cheap rebuild brand from Advance Auto with lifetime replacement. I replaced it 3 times in 60K miles and they would quit suddenly, but that truck was a small one with a 4 cyl and 5 sp manual, so it would push start fairly easily. I got to where I could replace those starters in 10 minutes and kept a special wrench I made in the glove box for the back starter bolt.
Dunno, but it looks like a starter system R&R is in my future. Researching parts now. I hate to just start throwing parts at it, but I don't like the looks of some of the things I'm finding done by whoever worked on it last.
I have a rebuilt, never used starter for my '85 300 six. Probably not the same one as for a 351W, but it doesn't cost anything to lay them side by side and compare.
The worst part of this is it's blocking the garage door. I can't roll it forward because it would run over Mamas prized fig tree and other plants. Can't go backwards because it's angled into the recess for the door. My riding mower is in the garage as are my special county supplied garbage bins that they pick up with a powered arm rig. I'm not sure there's a worse spot for it to be stranded; frustrating for sure.
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