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dhearn
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From: Owenton Ky,USA
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posted 08-09-2002 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dhearn   Click Here to Email dhearn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok guys, now that I have got alot of the bugs worked out up pops another one. seems like the starter gets hot after just a little bit of idle and drive time and it wont turn the motor over so I guess the question is: What is the best way to shield the starter from the heat off of the headers ??? or do you think I need to replace starter? I used a new/rebuilt starter when I built the engine and it cant have 300 miles on it also the headers I am running are hooker comp. (not super comps and not coated) what do ya think.........

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RonnieT
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posted 08-11-2002 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RonnieT   Click Here to Email RonnieT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I first put my engine in I had the same problem. The fix I found was some big battery cables, I think they are 2 gauge wire. The one that made the most diference is the long cable from the solenoid to the starter Since I did this I have not have a problem cranking the car. I do not have a heat shield on my starter either.

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sigtauenus
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posted 08-14-2002 04:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too have had this problem over the years. Is it just a cable replacement to fix this problem?

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dhearn
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posted 08-14-2002 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dhearn   Click Here to Email dhearn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a new cable from the solenoid but I dont think it is as big as it could be, as I think it is stock gauge.

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seaweed
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From: MA.
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 08-16-2002 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for seaweed     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Same prob.on 68 bb. Marine store had heavy duty cables #2 I believe. Up to now works fine.

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sigtauenus
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posted 08-17-2002 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
so, the cable needs to be thicker/bigger? I don't know why (since I haven't bought cables in like 5 years), but I'm thinking mine is a #4 guage.

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mustangs68
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posted 08-17-2002 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can also shield the starter from the headers.Summit and others have these for sale either as a shettmeet deflector or as an insulation blanket type cover.

Used one on a 73 Cuda and worked well to prolong life of the stsrter and keep heat off.
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RonnieT
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posted 08-17-2002 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RonnieT   Click Here to Email RonnieT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you purchase the heavy duty cables at the parts house you will usually get 4 gauge cables. I have seen everything from 4 to 8 gauge for sale. I had to purchase the 2 gauge cable and the ends and make the cables myself.

The smaller the gauge#, the larger the cable is. You have to remember that the larger cable has less resistance, so more voltage gets to the starter.

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dhearn
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posted 08-18-2002 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dhearn   Click Here to Email dhearn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is all good info but I think I will try to do both, upgrade the cable, and utilize some type of heat shield. I like the idea of making my own cable as I have access to about any size lugs that I would need I just need some cable now and I am thinking size 0 welding cable.

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