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Blackbird50
11-28-2019, 01:13 PM
I'm driving a long way to go look at purchasing a SC. The guy who has it says the only problem is it needs a starter solenoid. 1st question is wheres that located on these cars I never had an issue with previous SC's and 2nd how do I know that's the only issue when I go to look at the car. Thanks so much for any help. I'm new to the forum.

KMT
11-28-2019, 02:26 PM
Welcome to the forums.

Location varies...what year SC?

On the inside of the fender, driver side, near the battery and Power Distribution Box early model, or only on the starter, late model. It's easy to jump at the solenoid on early models to confirm it's the solenoid, but don't ignore both positive and negative cables. SCs live/die on their grounds, so... A dead or nearly dead battery doesn't help. I'd want to know when was the last time it started and ran good. If it's in poor shape and has sat for a while, meaning months/years, there may be more than one issue.

As for what to look for when buying a used SC, see https://steemit.com/ford/@ktsteemit/ford-thunderbird-super-coupe-buyer-s-guide

About no start, if it spins but won't fire in general, see:http://mnharms.com/tutorials/disnostart/

Could also be related to the ignition switch down on the side of the column (not the key cylinder).

Ken

Blackbird50
12-09-2019, 02:52 AM
Ended up just being the fender mounted solenoid. Jumped it with a screwdriver and it started right up. Bought the car drove it home ran to the parts store and had it fixed in 5 min. Thanks for the insight!!! This forum is great!

KMT
12-09-2019, 11:15 AM
Glad you sorted it out, thanks for the followup, enjoy your new-to-you SC.

Ken

Blackbird50
12-17-2019, 08:20 AM
Thanks Ken! Appreciate the help and cars put away for the winter (Michigan ) but can't wait to get it out in the spring. Now I just have to find someone knowledgeable about suspension/wheel and tire upgrades on these cars.



Glad you sorted it out, thanks for the followup, enjoy your new-to-you SC.

Ken