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old fart
02-07-2016, 11:18 AM
HI Guys and gals :

Before the season starts I would like to get rid of an annoying starting problem with the wife's 65 Daytona with the 283 in it . This only happens when we are the last ones to leave a show . Last time it turned over and she didn't let it warm up and it stalled . It wouldn't turn over after that . Called for a deck truck and as he was coming down the it started . I even tried jumping that silly noid no luck . Drove it home and parked it in it's stall and checked all connection and found to be good . Would anyone have had this problem or a similar one ? The only other thing I can think of is the ignition switch and is there a way to check it without taking it out ? Is there any ideas out there as to what is causing this ???

Old Fart

02-07-2016, 11:38 AM
The starter solenoid is often the culprit on those GM starters. Or the starter itself needs a shim as its binding.


02-07-2016, 11:41 AM
Leave earlier! Seriously,it could be many things. Bad starter,bad solenoid..possible ignition switch.The problem would be to replicate the problem at home-then when it won't crank,tap on the starter with a small hammer.Or,turn the ignition on,but get under the car and 'jump' the solenoid. [make sure you have a helper in the car with their foot firmly on the brake pedal.] This is assuming that by "it wouldn't turn over after that" you're saying that the starter will not crank the engine.

02-07-2016, 01:40 PM
On my '66 cruiser 283, the only time the dreaded GM Starter issue happens is after a good long run of heating up, just like all GM Cars the Solenoid piston seizes up in it's cylinder and refuses to work until you tap it with a hammer or it cools. :( A new Solenoid SHOULD take care of it, especially if you could actually find one made in USA.

Lou Van Anne
02-07-2016, 02:46 PM
I had a problem like that on my Avanti...turns out it was a cracked electrical wire

02-07-2016, 02:51 PM
If you are saying the starter will not even click, it may very well be the neutral safety switch. Next time, try jiggling the gear shift lever, while holding the key in the start position.

old fart
02-07-2016, 02:57 PM
Thanks Craig I was thinking of that too I've replaced the stater will try solenoid next

Old Fart

old fart
02-07-2016, 03:04 PM
Hey Joe You have another good suggestion , wife couldn't put it in reverse found the linkage loose . Will have to check the neutral switch next . While I'm at it I might as well tighten everything up haven't done anything since the restoration completion 6 years ago . Thanks
Old fart

02-07-2016, 03:31 PM
I have a similar issue with my 65 Chevy Suburban my problem is the wire that runs from the + side of the battery to the relay.

02-09-2016, 12:28 AM
I was thinking the same thing as JoeHall. When I worked at the GM dealership in the 70's and 80's I had to replace or adjust many neutral safety switches.

Dan Timberlake
02-09-2016, 07:38 AM
Does your Chevy engine use the starter mounted solenoid?
If so, I'd check for voltage at the "S" terminal when it does not respond after turning the key fully to the start position.

That should make it clear whether my next move ought to be to check the starter/solenoid, or stuff upstream, like the ignition switch or neutral safety switch.