Hi there -
Got a "new to me" GT and had intermittent starting issues. Car has 45k original miles, mostly had all original, untouched everything in the engine bay except for a Weber carb swap.
Had intermittent starting issues, so I went down the list and:
- checked and replaced the battery
- replaced both battery cables
- made sure all the grounds to the cables were good.
- replaced the engine ground strap and made sure connection to body was good.
- Replaced the starter with the new OGTS one.
- Distributor is new
After all that the car, for about 2k miles (its a daily driver for the moment) started great. Easy-peasy. Then, yesterday, the intermittent starting returned. Exact same symptoms as before. Specifics:
- the solednoid clicks upon key turn but nothing else
- amp meter goes down/shows engagement on key turn so I assume that the switch and electrics in the steering column are okay (column has never been opened up and I know that the switch is vulnerable to failure).
- basically I get the engine to turn over 2 -4 times in a row and nothing is wrong. Then it clicks on the 5th and maybe sixth time sometimes 7th. Then I do absolutely NOTHING, try it again and it will turn over fine, again a few times in a row turning off and on the engine before I get just the solenoid click.
- tried it with the engine cold, hot, etc. That makes zero difference in terms of whether it wants to turn over.
So...what could it be? Could it be that the ignition switch is starting to fail? (or does it simply just work until it doesn't, ie, no warning or intermittent failure before it goes)? Could it be something else entirely?
Opel GT 1973