Assume you are saying that the lights work and dont dim while you try to
If so....Most likely the starter (or the solenoid on same).
Seems to favor cold weather to fail.
To start the car once... not useful as a "fix", whacking the starter with a
hammer.. not hard, just solid, often results in a start, as well as
confirming the problem.
you would have to crawl under, starter is at lower rear passenger side of
engine next to oil pan, and exhaust pipe.
- Yes, I'm a crusty old geezer curmudgeon.. deal with it! -
Try removing, cleaning and tightening the ignition wire to
the starter solenoid on the starter before you do anything
else. That vintage Fords had a problem with this terminal
and had a TSB out on it. It has to be squeezed to release
the lock tab as you remove it. Tighten it by squeezing the
connector with pliers before re-connecting. Also, coat it
with a good coat of silicon grease to help prevent future
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