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Arun Nella

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  1. Solved. Removed starter and learnt that solenoid was shot! Found and retrofitted another solenoid. Now starting like a champ!
  2. Tried starting the car for the first time after a brutal winter. I hear the starter turning but doesn't crank. The the starter turns, its telling me that the solenoid is getting picked up but the pinion gear isn't engaging. Is it possible that the starter pinion gear is "stuck" from the Chicago winter? Any way to try to free it up? Or the solenoid plunger is broken or something? I hope not! All sort of thoughts on this is appreciated.
  3. Recently brake pedal started going to the floor and requires pumping for good braking. My shoes were almost done so i got that changed first. But the pedal going to the floor is still there. The fact that i do get brakes with pumping is telling me that there is air in the brake system and/or brake fluid low. Is that a right assumption? I located the master cylinder under the driver cabin floor plate. Opened it to find out Master cylinder has a square nut on it. What i can use to drive a square nut? #Newbie. Thanks, Arun
  4. Wanted to post an update here. All starting problems were due to bad connection, really old coil wires for starter relay etc. When ever i had issues, I always measured low voltage (less than 5V at the starter solenoid). Cleaned most connections and upgraded some wiring in starting circuit. Problem is almost gone. Still have the wire from ignition to the relay which i need to trace and upgrade. Thanks for everyones help.
  5. Here are couple of pics from late night rides I do with my wife.
  6. I took the battery to Autozone and had it checked out good on the load test! So now i am back down to the starter solenoid. I am gonna try to clean the connections at the solenoid and see how that changes anything. Then will try try a better cable and then possibly rebuilding the starter/solenoid combo.
  7. Ground was recently cleaned with sand paper. This issue is only after driving for more than 30 mins. Then once i don't use the car for say 6-8 hours, I can start the car again. A wild thought, could the battery be going bad. I ready 6.3V when i see this issue (6V car) but could the cell be going bad inside due to overcharging somehow and isn't giving enough amps to the starter solenoid?
  8. I am back with another starting issue. Whenever I drive on the highway for a while (30 mins usually) and stop the engine somewhere, usually at a gas station, the car doesn't wanna start anymore. This happened this morning. Started fine at home, drove for 30 mins, stopped for gas and then it doesn't wanna start anymore. But I hear the click. Battery measured 6.3V which is good for a 6V system. Charging system was working fine before I left home at around 7.3V. This had happened to me once before too but now I am wondering if this is somehow related to driving at highway speed and heating the car up! I then had to put a 12V booster to start the car which I hate to do but what else to do when u are stranded! Any thoughts?
  9. Now that the car starts, runs and charges fine, I am getting to making it comfortable. I tried the heating system. It worked on the first day although it took for ever to warm up the cabin. Then the following days the cabin isn't getting warm anymore. The blower fan in the engine bay is running. Thermostat reading isn't going past minimum but it's not pegged at the bottom either. Even after driving for 30 mins the temperature reading is at the minimum. I am pretty sure thermostat is the first item I need to go after. Looked up in the shop manual for the location but couldn't find it on the car! Is the thermostat polarity sensitive? Any other tips will be appreciated.
  10. Drove it for the past 3 days and have these two questions: I am having to try crank the starter, first 3-4 times i only hear click from the relay but then it starts cranking, why. When it cranks it may take 2 or 3 trials before engine starts. Any thoughts?
  11. Wired the generator with regulator and battery and YESSSS battery is charging now. Now all that's left is to mount the power steering pump and locate the title to get the plate. Forgot where i left it between all these. You guys are amazing, especially @Rusty_OToole.
  12. Thanks. It was polarized by the rebuilding shop. I will hook it up to the regulator and see. With regulator hooked up, I should be able to measure voltage from the BAT terminal right? But, I am surprised to measure zero volt at the generator. Usually voltage is provided/controlled by the source which in this case is the generator, isn't it? I have a manual but it's missing pages from electrical section after batteries.
  13. So, got the rebuilt generator back. Installed it. Didn't wire yet, I wanted to measure the voltage first. Hooked up a 6volt battery and started the car and yes it started. Slow crank but def started. Noticed two things: Measured 0 volt across generators ARM and Field. I am measuring continuity between the body of the generator and the ARM/Field pins! Is that normal? The rebuilt shop said they tested generator and it was working fine. I am gonna call them tomorrow. Any tips will be appreciated. So the car now starts on 6 volt battery but this generator deal!
  14. Thanks @Rusty_OToole. It's clear now. Over the weekend I learned that, since the last owner rewired (half ass) for negative ground, if I flip the connections just at the battery to make the car positive ground as it originally was, then my negative terminal at the ignition coil will see positive voltage which is not good. This is because coil's power is daisy chained from horn relay which is coming all the way from ignition switch. So I will have to change the feed power at ignition switch to correct this. What a pain! Or should I just leave things the way he had connected with negative ground setup! I am a bit lost. I was motivated to bring the car to factory style positive ground but seems like last owner or someone rewired it for negative ground. So it may take several changes to make the car positive ground. Now what do I do with my brand new positive ground voltage regulator!!! Any way to use that in a negative ground setup!
  15. Also, What is this device in the picture? Red wire is going to the horn and white wire is going to ignition coil. Is this a relay? I couldn't locate a part number or any sort of writing on it.
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