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Starting help
« on: September 14, 2020, 06:41:58 PM »
Hey there, bran new to the group/ forum and Iím sure itís been asked before at some point but I need some help. I recently bought a 1980 wagon with a v6 and a five speed and when I bought it the starter was a little iffy, sometimes it would fire up sometimes the starter would spin but the little gear wouldnít kick out and spin my flywheel so I changed my starter but now it wonít start, I got the power to the starter, I got a good battery, I changed the icm, the voltage regulator and the starter Solinoid but now when I turn my key the solonoid just goes *clunk* and has no effort past the Solinoid. any help will be greatly appreciated. Keep in mind Iím not a mechanic by any stretch of the imagination just a guy with tools and a garage. Thanks for your input

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Re: Starting help
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2020, 10:11:27 PM »
Well I got er figured out, it was a crummy ground on my battery, I knew it had to be something simple but man I still feel dumb
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Re: Starting help
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2020, 01:20:49 AM »
Good preventive maintenance might be to get a batt terminal cleaning tool and battery terminal anti corrosion spray ( autozone)

Clean the terminals and inside of the cable connectors ti clean shing metal shows.

Then spray battery terminals and inside of the cable terminals.

Install the cables on the battery and liberally spray the terminals and around the terminals on the battery.

Also the anti corosion spray is useful to prvent corrosion and rust on other stuff in the engine compartment.
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Re: Starting help
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2020, 07:00:18 AM »
Yeah, Canada may be sweet but we get some pretty gnarly rust with all the salt and calcium they spread on the roads in the winter. Thanks for the tip!
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Re: Starting help
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2020, 07:38:37 AM »
Welcome aboard, David!  That's a nice looking wagon!

Dwayne :)
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Re: Starting help
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2020, 01:01:58 PM »
Is that a true sedan delivery?
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Re: Starting help
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2020, 06:35:54 PM »
Welcome aboard, David!  That's a nice looking wagon!

Dwayne :)

Thank you, I fell in love with is as soon as I seen it on kijiji (Canadian classifies website)
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Re: Starting help
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2020, 06:36:19 PM »
Nice looking wagon.  Glad you got it running.  Keep the questions and posts coming.  It can get boring when no one is active! 
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Re: Starting help
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2020, 06:37:26 PM »
Is that a true sedan delivery?

I could send you some pictures if you could ID it, or a vin. I know itís got some panels inside and if you pull them off it looks like thereís frames for the windows
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Re: Starting help
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2020, 06:41:37 PM »
Nice looking wagon.  Glad you got it running.  Keep the questions and posts coming.  It can get boring when no one is active!

Oh donít worry I will, Iím mechanically retarded and have bad luck on my side. I love these cult cars though, itís like a family I never knew I had
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Re: Starting help
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2020, 06:37:31 AM »
Where in Canada ?

I'm in AB.....

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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2020, 06:55:28 AM »
Where in Canada ?

I'm in AB.....

Calgary dude! You couldnít pay me enough to live in Edmonton lol
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Re: Starting help
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2020, 07:20:00 AM »
You couldn't pay me enough money to live in ANY City........I'm an hour N of Edmonton.
Very unique property - no neighbors , long lane way & no one can build near me. Ever.

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Re: Starting help
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2020, 08:27:21 AM »

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Re: Starting help
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2020, 03:48:27 PM »
Unfortunately I barely have room for my wagon. My land lady would murder me if I brought two more pintos home
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« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2020, 05:10:46 PM »
I could send you some pictures if you could ID it, or a vin. I know it’s got some panels inside and if you pull them off it looks like there’s frames for the windows

All wagons were made from the same platform.  Cruising wagons and the delivery wagons all have the window frames behind the side panels.  There are lots of unique items that come on the cruising wagons but I am not sure all of the ones on the delivery wagons.  And 77-78 are different than 79-80.  I have read that the delivery vehicles do not come with a back seat.  Also, the drip rail extensions are on all wagons that have the side panels installed from the factory.  Most of the time, those items are not removed from the donor vehicle so that is one easy tell sign if the side panels are factory or not. 
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« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2020, 08:18:25 PM »
Thereís a drip rail that runs from the door all the way to the back hatch, is that the one youíre referring to?
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Re: Starting help
« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 12:31:34 PM »
There’s a drip rail that runs from the door all the way to the back hatch, is that the one you’re referring to?
There is a little extension that wraps around the rear corner.
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Re: Starting help
« Reply #18 on: Yesterday at 11:10:33 PM »
That one?
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