It seems that it should be simple enough, but I"m having problems.
I don't know why, but apparently the PO of this truck had the positive
battery cable routed into the cab and connected to the starter. OK body
mounted batt, that's fine --- then he had a black cable (presumably
negative - but no battery connection of any type on the other end) also
attached to the large terminal on the starter. ???
Well the OEM side-post terminals came with the truck so I hooked up the
positive to the large starter solenoid terminal, and to the alternator. I
then attached the negative to a free bolt on the intake, and to the body.
I'm not 100% on the body connection, I haven't checked for continuity and
didn't take extreme measures to make sure it was connected. Don't think it
would make a difference though???
So I hook up a fully charged deepcell battery to my wires with some starter
cables - as the deepcell was not a side post battery. Well I turn the key
and nothing happens, no click no nothing.
I tried connecting the power terminal on the solenoid to the other switched
terminal with a screw driver with no luck?
I attached a wire directly to pos and touched it to the smaller terminal
(start apparently) and it didn't crank. The only thing that happened is all
of a sudden there was apparently a dead short and the batt terminals got
very hot and the neg terminal melted :-(
No idea why it did - I had it hooked up like that before, and did the same
after - no melty....?
My thoughts are;
Faulty Ignition Switch - but the screw driver technique should have solved
this - right?
P/N switch failure - but the screw driver technique should have solved
this - right?
Bad solenoid - but touching power terminal to the "strap" that goes into the
starter did nothing.
The heat shield/tube that carries the 3 wires that run to the starter area
go as thus;
Red: Large power terminal.
Black: Small switch terminal
Light tan/peach: Runs back along the frame apparently - goes to no where.
Maybe for a fuel pump? Does this vintage have an electric fuel pump?
First time I've started in on something like this - being mid resto it's so
bare. The spark plugs tell the story that it's been started before so it
should run again. What am I missing??