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Why won't my 1923 touring start...

Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:09 pm

...on battery? Somebody will get this in about half a heartbeat. We'll see who gets it first. When I turn the ignition key to BAT the coils don't buzz. So I start it on MAG. Then, when I switch it over to BAT it keeps running. It will run on BAT, but will only start on MAG. How come?
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Re: Why won't my 1923 touring start...

Post by DHort » Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:18 pm

Battery is dead. Car is running off generator, until you get a new battery.

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Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:23 pm

Or charge the one I have. That didn't take long at all. I think I know what drained it. I'll fix that when I install the new wiring.
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Post by George N Lake Ozark » Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:07 pm

Steve ?? Does your wiring look like what I had inherited ??
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Re: Why won't my 1923 touring start...

Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:32 pm

Something like that. It's wrong for sure. The reproduction wiring harnesses from forty or fifty years ago have the wrong colors, which is not a big deal, but some wrong sized wire, which is.
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Re: Why won't my 1923 touring start...

Post by Chris Barker » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:37 am

It seems to be a Universal Law that, at some time in its life, every old car's wiring will fall into the clutches of someone who really should not be allowed out without his mother.

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