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I pulled my dad's 52 Chrysler New Yorker convertible out of the barn after 10 years plus, but we can't seem to figure out how to start it. It's a positive ground. Generator ampmeter, starter & starter solenoid are all new, as is the 6 volt battert. After all the right prep, we turn the key but nothing.Is there a hidden button? A switch maybe?

The old 49 Packard had a button/swith under the gas pedal.

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If it's been sitting that long the Pistons may be stuck to the cylinder walls. Take all the spark plugs out and try turning it over by hand first to see if that is the problem. If it is loose we can continue to help with things to try.

Terry

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I think it should have a starter button on the dash. I can't find a clear picture on the web of a dash. It should have a neutral safety switch as well. If that isn't working or has a wire off you could have a problem their.

Do you have power to the gauges when you turn the ignition switch on?

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If it's been sitting that long the Pistons may be stuck to the cylinder walls. Take all the spark plugs out and try turning it over by hand first to see if that is the problem. If it is loose we can continue to help with things to try.

Terry

If it's been sitting that long you will beable to turn the motor some with little to no resistance as there isn't any compression built up yet.

Be sure it's in Neutral when you try to turn it over so you aren't trying to turn over the whole drivetrain.

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Sounds like a bad switch or connection

There is no starter button under the gas pedal on Chrysler cars of that era and I believe they eliminated the starter button but look on the dashboard

to make sure.

Make sure all of your connections (battery,generator, etc. are clean and tight, especially the grounds.

Is it an automatic transmission?

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The ignition switch should have 3 positions to be a start and ignition switch. You should have off on and Start. 4 position if it has accy. With a 2 Position switch I would think there is a remote starter switch of some type. Does the switch spring back from a start to on position or does it just have the 2 solid positions, off and on? Also if the switch does have start, you might try wiggling (slowly) the gear shift lever around like you are trying to put it in gear just a little with the starter switch in the start position holding it in the start position. If it has some worn linkage or a tricky neutral switch you may find a spot where it will start.

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it's only a 2 position switch and we cud not find a button or nothing hence my question hoping some Chrysler guy wud know. Thanks to all who offered a suggestion. I'll keep the question active in case there's that 1 Chrysler guy who knows. Otherwise 2moro we're goin to hook up an aux. switch and get it started so the 2 coming to look at can make their decision on buying it.

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Chrysler was the first car to have the starter on the ignition key. Turn the key to the right like any modern car, the starter should turn.

If it does not, you will have to check the battery, wiring, starter relay, starter, and switch to find where the trouble is.

I don't recall if they had a reverse lockout but I always used to start mine in neutral.

Hope this answers your questions, any more trouble let us know.

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DO NOT try to start on old gas. Disconnect the gas line and use a motorboat gas tank or similar. Old gas goes bad and can ruin your motor.

I would take off the valve covers, oil the rockers and valves, and make sure all the valves are moving. Also remove the spark plugs and squirt some oil down the cylinders. Turn the engine by hand at least 2 full turns to be sure nothing is stuck. Then spin it on the starter.

Check that the spark plugs are sparking. Put the valve covers back on and the plugs in and try to start it. If it starts, let it run at a fast idle for 15 minutes. Be sure the crankcase is full and also the radiator. Be careful this time of year, unless you have a heated garage, or use antifreeze, do not leave water in the cooling system.

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The starter relay points (their inside of relay) on the drivers side fender could be corroded causing no cranking. It's a square 3"X3" box with the battery cables going to it. This relay is not available. You would have to open the relay box up to clean the points in it if they are corroded and the cause of no cranking.

You can hot wire the relay to get the starter to crank over- I don't recall which terminals to jumper though.

The points in the distributor will probably need to be cleaned of corrosion to to fire the spark plugs.

I too would Use a fretsh gas can feeding the fuel pump to start it.

Don't start or attemp to start it on old varnished gas or you will end up with stuck valves!

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Re: 1952 Chrysler New Yorker convertible

I have many additional parts in boxes for missing parts not seen in the photos. I have a 7 foot long cardboard tube of wrapped stainless that is either new or refinished.

*thanks to all who were polite and offered they're nice comments and advice. With the new battery, a new starter solenoid and cleaning the connections, it is now started.

IT'S NOW FOR SALE IN THE BUY/SELL FORUM.

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All the above cept the engine was rebuilt and since not readily available a custom manufactured gas tank was installed by Chrysler fanatic Fred Horn at Horn Automotive in Marion, IA. in 2003.

There was just a wiff on gas, not varnish as there was probably just a gallon or less used in and during the rebuild. (probably evaporated)

It drove on and off the first transport back then and then that was it, Dad passed soon after.

We cleaned everything and installed a new swith and starter solenoid.

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c49er wrote

"The starter relay points (their inside of relay) on the drivers side fender could be corroded causing no cranking. It's a square 3"X3" box with the battery cables going to it. This relay is not available. You would have to open the relay box up to clean the points in it if they are corroded and the cause of no cranking.

You can hot wire the relay to get the starter to crank over- I don't recall which terminals to jumper though."

I have a 55 Chrysler and the above box only contains a low amperage relay, (I don't know why they connect it with battery cables) I simply instaled a relay next to mine when I found out the cost.

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