1950 wont start


Asked by Aug 04, 2017 at 11:34 AM about the 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe

Question type: General

I have a 1950 chevy coupe deluxe 235 6cylinder
and it wont start has been sitting for 10 plus years
and has new battery new starter new coil and
plugs makes a slow winding nose but seems like
no fire to turn over

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Back then they all made that noise, I don't know what you have done so far to get it ready to run, but assuming you have done the check list of what to do, you may have to repalce the point and condenser, cap, rotor and plug wires, all the plugs and while the plugs are out squirt a little oil down each cylinder, not a lot just a squirt, you don't want too foul out new plugs, then check for key and crank power at the ignition coil, then check for spark out of the coil tower when cranked, if you have that and the fluids and filters have been changed it should fire and run. Now how well it will run depends on the engines condition. Don't expect it to run well on this fuel we now get, I recommend that you add some StaBil Marine fuel stabilizer to your fuel, it helps counteracting the effects of the E10 fuel on older fuel systems. HTH


All have been changed and wemt down the check list but still wont start. Im stumped.


Then run a compression test, after that long it is possible the rings have just collapsed and there not enough compression to fire off.


It has a real slow sound trying to turn over sounds like a dog almost.


Back then they didn't turn very fast with the starter, but you may want to take it off and have it tested it could be dragging just due to age and the amount of time it sat. You should also check the starter cables, any corrosion can cause voltage drops.


All cables have been clean and starter was teasted good


Still nothing coil condenser points cap Wires plugs battery rotor have all been change i still cant get it to start its not turning as fast as it should to kick over. This car is really driving me crazy


Do you have spark at the plugs during cranking? Have you tried just a little starter fluid as you crank it over, sometimes if an engine has sat for a long time it needs a little boost. The only other thing I can think of is voltage drop in the electrical circuits, you have stated that the starter tested good. Your sure that the battery is at full charge?


I have dumped gas in the carb. While trying to start and there is spark to plugs. Would a bad ground keep it from turning over

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Yes, anything that can cause a voltage loss will effect cranking, lights, spark, etc. sometime dumping raw gas down the carb is too much and can easily flood it out, pull a spark plug and if it's wet and smells like fuel then there's too much in the engine, remove the plugs and let the engine breathe to clear out he raw gas, clean and reinstall the plugs, then just give it a little squirt of starter fluid after you have fixed the wiring.


Ok so i rechecked everything. And tried to start it and for some reason it was turning evn with the car being off then the battery got hot wat the hell happend


Starter solenoid stuck, most likely burnt internal point contacts.

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