First Startup

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by Larry & Nancy Solheim, Jan 7, 2001.

  1. Larry & Nancy Solheim
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    <font face="Courier New" size="2">HAPPY NEW YEAR, all!</font>
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    <font face="Courier New" size="2">Afterseveral years of dipping, welding and rebuilding, we put power to "MetalBeast" ('64 Blue) for the first time yesterday w/ mixed results. As I begin the arduous task of tracing circuits and connections, I put the following to the vast Amphicar knowledge base so perhaps I won't have to totally reinvent a known solution.</font>
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    <font face="Courier New" size="2">1. No sparks or strange noises/smells when connecting the battery <font color="#0000ff">(Good sign here)</font></font>
    <font face="Courier New" size="2">2. Turned the key and got good "blowage" (suckage?) from the bilge blower <font color="#0000ff">(Another good sign)</font></font>
    <font face="Courier New" size="2">3. Pushed the override button, which connected, but wouldn't hold tot he run circuit <font color="#0000ff">(I suspect this is one of the 2 relays, but read on to the second part of 4 for the same symptoms)</font></font>
    <font face="Courier New" size="2">4. After 2 minutes, the run circuit came on and held <font color="#0000ff">(the timer tube must be OK, but I don't think this explains #3 above)</font><font color="#000000">, but the bilge blower did not turn off & the "prop engaged" light came on </font><font color="#0000ff">(no impact by cycling water transmission settings). </font><font color="#000000">Yellow and Blue oil pressure and charging system warning lights illuminated as expected.</font></font>
    <font face="Courier New" size="2">5. Turned key to start w/ no response <font color="#0000ff">(manual activation of the starter solenoid gave good results)</font></font>
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    <font face="Courier New" size="2">Any advice or information will be appreciated. I suspect I'll find a combination of a bad relay, improper connections and maybe a broken wire. I have all circuit and wiring diagrams. Any further detailed input about the start circuit relays would be appreciated. </font>
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    <font face="Courier New" size="2">As Amphipoda will appreciate, the "other car" (Amphi, '66 white) is beginning to complain about her frequent disassembly and internal inspections, being used as an assembly aide.</font>
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    <font face="Courier New" size="2">Thanks!</font>
    <font face="Courier New" size="2"> --LarryS</font>
     
  2. Lynne & Tommy
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    --- In amphicar-lovers@egroups.com, "Larry & Nancy Solheim"
    <amphi@w...> wrote:
    > HAPPY NEW YEAR, all!

    > 5. Turned key to start w/ no response (manual activation of the
    starter
    > solenoid gave good results)
    >
    > Any advice or information will be appreciated>
    > Thanks!
    > --LarryS

    We just had to change the ignition switch on Snappy Lynne's White 64.
    The car ran good,charged good but if you turned turned him off it
    seemed like he had a very low or completely dead battery. You could
    press the button on the solenoid and he would start just fine. Check
    it out - Good luck. Tommy in Tampa Red 67-Corky
     

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