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Old 03-07-2006, 07:30 PM   #15
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A loose connection at the starter will not kill evrything you allways have power at the ignition switch to run accessories.
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Old 03-07-2006, 07:33 PM   #16
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Here is a link to fusible links and other things that may help.....
http://minimopar.knizefamily.net/electrical-links.html
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:45 PM   #17
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turned out i did not have the shift knob all the way into park...just a hair off.
2air is onto something. I've done this too - took my a good half hour to realize I moved the shift lever down to get the dash panel out when I replaced the radio.

Chaplain, did you check to make sure the shifter is in park? There is a cutout on the ignition.
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Old 03-07-2006, 10:42 PM   #18
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2air is onto something. I've done this too - took my a good half hour to realize I moved the shift lever down to get the dash panel out when I replaced the radio.

Chaplain, did you check to make sure the shifter is in park? There is a cutout on the ignition.
Boy I got excited when I read this. 10:30 at night in the sleeting icy rain I run out to Chummy and sure enough the gear selector was not in park. I put it it in park and-----nothing- dead. I'll start checking for more fuses in the AM. By the way, yes I did have the battery disconnected while the dash was removed, no there is not a cut off switch, no in line fuse on the coach battery. I do have power to one gauge only but no power to the ignition switch.
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Old 03-07-2006, 10:51 PM   #19
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Chaplain Kent,
I got excited when I saw you posting so late, I was hoping you had good news to report. Alas, it was not to be.

Tomorrow is another day. Best of luck.

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Old 03-07-2006, 11:14 PM   #20
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Chaplain Kent,
Electrical is hard enough to diagnose when its wright in front of you, It gets even tougher when you cannot see it. It would be nice if you could some how get a copy of the wireing schematic to trace the the layout of the electrical. maybe a dealer or Chilton.
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Old 03-08-2006, 01:10 AM   #21
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Shot in the dark...

Is the ignition switch now mounted in the wood? If so, and the old panel was metal, than maybe the mounting panel was the ground, with the wood, then maybe the circut is not complete?

I agree - check to see if you have a hot lead to the ignition switch.

Oops - I see that you mention that the ignition is dead.
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Stoopid question...

Did you remember to put ALL the wires back on the battery terminals, on the correct posts, when you hooked them back up?...
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This thread reminds me of the Apollo 13 NASA moon mission.

Apollo 13 (AS-508)
"Houston, we've had a problem"


Kent,
We will get you home...


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Old 03-08-2006, 06:47 AM   #24
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Chaplain, I hope this a.m. when you open this thread that your problem has been solved. I do hope that you didn't put the whole dash back together before trying to start it...I guess i would have to say that I would painstakingly go through every hook up and re-attach at this point. When I read your first post I said to myself ahhhh...what an on-taking but the end result is it came out very nice We all hope to hear good news that you got it fired up real soon.
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Most GM have two fusible links near the starter. Start by checking the battery cable at the starter solonoid to be sure that it is hot. If this is OK, check the fusable links in the wires coming from the same terminal. My suspicion is that one of these has failed or blown. Even if you see no damage, use a needle or pin to probe thru the insulation to see if there is voltage on both sides of the fusable link. Of course, if there is no voltage at the battery cable, find that problem and fix it.

Good luck. From your description of the problem, I would bet on a fusable link failure.
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[quote=overlander63]Is it possible that in moving all that stuff around, you knocked off the plug on the ignition switch?

Terry, Let me plead ignorance. By plug do you mean the wiring plug? No, it is securely fastened. Is there some other plug? I did have the ignition switch apart. I cleaned and graphite it before putting it back together. I never disconnected the wires.
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Is the ignition switch now mounted in the wood? If so, and the old panel was metal, than maybe the mounting panel was the ground, with the wood, then maybe the circut is not complete?

I agree - check to see if you have a hot lead to the ignition switch.

Oops - I see that you mention that the ignition is dead.
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Good point! There was a metal plate on the backside of the plastic dash. I removed it and did not put it back on. My thought was this was used simply for structure or to stiffen the wobbly plastic. Could that be my ground?
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Old 03-08-2006, 07:23 AM   #28
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[quote=enduroryda]Chaplain, I hope this a.m. when you open this thread that your problem has been solved. I do hope that you didn't put the whole dash back together before trying to start it...

No the dash is not back together and very accessible maybe too much so.

Thanks to everyone. I appreciate the ideas, suggestions, encouragement and knowing this is a job I am not doing alone.
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