Hi Again !
Thanks for your response.
1. Yes, the car is an all original 1948 Dodge Custom. This site did not have a vehicle year choice that far back, so it says 2011 Dodge, but it's not - it is an all original, 6 volt system. The wiring is also all original, fabric insulated. Some fraying on the distributer wires, but they are not shorting, and I get good continuity on them.
2. Yes, the car was originally manufactured as a 6 volt, positive ground system, as most were at the time.
3. There is a small, relay-looking item that the ignition wires go to and from the distributer, and I am told that this is an after market voltage reducer, which was common at the time, to reduce the voltage to the points to make them last longer. It is the only item not on the original schematic.
4. No word of mouth, this is a 6 volt car. The starter turned faster with the 12 v batt, but not THAT fast.
5. Yes, the battery POS terminal is hooked the ground.
6. We charged the 6v battery, and the engine cranks around just fine, just no spark produced. I don't know if the engine is spinning the right way, or not. I'll have to look at that when I get out to it. I have not tried using a 12v battery in it.
7. The starter moves just fine, and cranks the engine around well.
It is a generator - this is a really original, un-altered car. I can try to get some pics for you, if that will help. There is no ballast resistor, no fuses, either. Only a circut breaker on the headlamp switch, which I looked for, but could not find, or recognize. The car has an ignition switch, with the key, and a starter button on the left of the dash.
I am starting to get the idea that maybe, when the car was started, and ran real rough with the 12 v batt, that it actually started and ran BACKWARDS. The previous owner very infrequently drove the car, so maybe he drove it up the driveway in reverse, with the engine running backwards? Why it ran OK after switching the cables, and will not start now, is still a mystery.
This would presume that the whole ignition circut is now backwards, and not just the generator.
I really need to see if the starter turns the engine backwards.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 AT 6:40 PM