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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old May 15th, 05, 4:24 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 70 SS 396 Won't Start

OK, I'll get that wire replaced. As for the one coming off the starter, you say I don't need a wire going from starter to distributor? Or did I misunderstand that?

Also, I have discovered a thin, blue wire with a small rubber 'boot' looking thing on the end. It was just laid over behind the master cylinder. Any idea what in the world that might go to?
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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old May 15th, 05, 7:12 PM
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Re: 70 SS 396 Won't Start

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I parked it in the garage, running fine. Next day, it won't run. When I turn the ignition to the 'start' position, it fires up. But when I let the ignition key go to the 'run' position, it dies. I can even rev the engine a time or two with the key in the 'start' position, but it dies immediately when I let it go to 'run'. I have checked the fuel pump, and the carb is getting PLENTY of gas. I have replaced the ignition switch, still no joy. I'm pretty much at the end of my (very) limited experience, so if one of my fellow Chevelle owners can give me a hand with this, I'd certainly appreciate it.

Let's see...battery is new and full of juice, it has a new Mallory HEI, new plugs and wires, all fuses appear to be good, and a new ignition switch. Any ideas?
I'm almost ashamed to tell this one, but I had that happen last summer after installing a ZZ502. Of course the 502 is not machined for a mechanical pump, so I had to go with an electric. Rather than run the lead from the pump to the ignition, I ran it to the solenoid on the starter. When I'd hit the ignition, she'd fire until the solenoid released.....then die.
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old May 15th, 05, 7:17 PM
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I'm almost ashamed to tell this story........but i installed a ZZ502 in mine last summer. Of course, the 502 is not machined for a mechanical pump, so I mounted the electric and ran the lead to the solenoid, rather than to the ignition. She'd run until the solenoid released, then quit.
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