One of the things I had never paid much attention to was the sound of the starter. This summer when I met up with Bill, I noticed that his truck started way faster than mine. He mentioned checking into the starter. That was July.
Now its late October, temps hovering around 0 celcius (freezing for everyone else) and I went to start the truck, and it sounded like I had 2 dead batteries.
I grabbed my jumpstarting battery, hooked it up, it spun a little quicker, but not enough to start it. I grabbed another battery, hooked it up with booster cables, spun a bit faster again, and I just held the key, and finally the engine lit.
Drove it around for the day, got the batteries charged back up, and pulled it into the garage.
Removed the starter, and threw it in the vise and disassembled it. the armature was wearing on the side of the starter (few arc marks in it) as well as being just about full of greasy old oil (probably from living half its life with a dipstick tube leak)
Since I saw the post about the buss bar conversion (ianstew Battery cable to Buss bar conversion
), it always stuck in my mind that I should replace the cables as well. I have seen generators at work perk up like a new engine with a set of new cables.
So I grabbed a piece of copper, and some isolation posts, and welded some bolts to the rad support, and mounted it there
The biggest surprise was the corrosion travelling along the paper insulation under the red insulation of the starter cable. I had to cut off about 1.75" of cable to get past it. The length wasnt an issue , since the copper was lower than the top of the battery.
I also found that the passenger side ground cable connection to the engine block was loose. I am hoping that was also part of the problem.
I hope to finish up tonight, and report back with the findings.