1962 Chevy Corvette Cranking over

Tiny
TRAVISCARL
  • MEMBER
  • 1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 89,000 MILES
1962 Corvette ran three years ago but has been sitting dorment during that time and now trying to get it started. The engine will barely turnover before it stops and starts clicking. Hate to think it made be major but it might. What else can I do before I start taking the engine apart.

Thanks
Do you
have the same problem?
Yes
No
Monday, March 22nd, 2010 AT 4:52 PM

3 Replies

Tiny
CARADIODOC
  • EXPERT
Let's head for the easy, common stuff first. Did you recharge the battery? Measure the voltage on the battery posts while a helper cranks the engine. If it drops below 9.6 volts, replace or recharge the battery. If the voltage stays well above 9.6 volts, move the meter probes, one at a time, to the cable clamps and recheck the voltage during cranking. If you see it lower there, but the voltage on the battery posts stays higher, clean and tighten the cable clamps. Holler back if that doesn't solve it.

Caradiodoc
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, March 22nd, 2010 AT 5:15 PM
Tiny
TRAVISCARL
  • MEMBER
I did jump it to my 200 Toyota Tundra moved the cables around to ensure the connection was good. But with out any positive results. Any other suggestions? I thought I might drop the starter and see if that might help incase it was hanging up.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, March 22nd, 2010 AT 6:16 PM
Tiny
CARADIODOC
  • EXPERT
Start by measuring the voltages I mentioned. You could be right about the starter, but let's make a few checks first. It seems unlikely a starter would develop a problem just from sitting for three years.

Also, jumper cables are dandy for slowly putting a charge back into a dead battery, but with the high current required to crank the engine, they will have a huge voltage drop. That can cause misleading results. If you don't have a digital voltmeter or know how to use one, I can walk you through it. (I apologize if you already know this). Harbour Freight tools has a cheap little voltmeter on sale for three bucks. Sears has them too, for probably around 15 or 20 bucks. It doesn't have to be fancy.

Caradiodoc
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Monday, March 22nd, 2010 AT 9:46 PM

Please login or register to post a reply.

Recommended Guides