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Old 10-24-2016, 04:04 PM   #1
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1977 Gruman-Olsen Step Van No Crank Help

I sure hope someone can help me out. I have a 77 Chevrolet P20 step van with a 5.7L. Recently, the original problem that arose was that the truck would have to be jumped to start. Even after running for an hour. As soon as you shut it off, it would either crank very slow or not at all....just the bendex extending from the starter. I removed the starter, battery, and alternator, and had them all bench tested at AuZo. All three tested good. The battery is a new replacement, and the alternator is a new rebuild.

Now the bendex extends, I have all lights and power where it should be, except the gauges, haven't gotten those sorted yet. But there is absolutely NO rotation or crank to the motor. I thought it may be vapor locked or something similar(?) so I now have all the plugs removed and STILL no crank at all, but the starter bendex extends, and I can rotate the motor at the flywheel..

So I dig in and try to find whats going on. I've found several hack jobs in the wiring harnesses and wires going everywhere. Ive cleaned up the harnesses and have tried to pinpoint my problem. The distributor was loose enough to turn easily by hand, but I was able to set the timing (for now by ear, engine response at idle and high rpm until I can rent a timing light and do it properly), I replaced the starter solenoid that's mounted to the firewall, ad damn near scratched a hole in my head trying to figure it out. Could the ignition switch or ign switch wire to distributor cause this?

I'm going out now to check the neutral safety switch, wiring to distributor(again), and fuse block(again). The only other thing I can think of to check is a fusible link may be bad somewhere.

This truck is part of my livelihood and if anyone can give any advise I'll accept all the help I can get. :scr ewy:

Thanks for bearing with my long post. Sy
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