The lights shuting down could be caused by a bad headlight switch. Did the engine only act funny while the lights were off?
I need you to check a couple things. First, make sure the ground from the battery that attaches to the engine is clean and tight. Also, make sure the positive cable attached to the starter is clean and tight. NOTE: Before placing any wrenches near the starter, disconnect the battery. Also, I need you to check if the plugs are getting spark when the engine is being cranked.
Let me know what you find.
Saturday, December 20th, 2008 AT 11:02 PM