Starter battery cable

Discussion in 'Wrenchin' Secrets' started by Scott Craig, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. Scott Craig

    Scott Craig Member

    Looking under my 1969 wildcat I notice the positive cable runs through a rubber? Block I want to replace this cable but cant see where it connects to the solenoid newer green Buick owner

    Thanks in advance
  2. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

  3. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Well-Known Member

    Is this a 430 engine? The 70 and up 455s used a cable like this...

    The cable is formed inside a black plastic sleeve surrounded by a steel retainer (heat shield/positioner) that bolts with 2 bolts to the side of the block just above the oil pan rail. Its a crappy job to replace especially with headers.
    I dont know if its re-popped or not; this one came off of a Riviera with the battery on the drivers side. It was extra long and needed to be modified. Bone up on yer French LOL... The side marked "RIV" is the starter side with the accessory wires to the starter in the run too. It tucks in BEHIND the motor mount and is just long enough to get on the starter post. ws




    Last edited: Sep 25, 2018
  4. Scott Craig

    Scott Craig Member

    Yes 430
    Ok that explains the rubber block I'm seeing it's there before metal heat shield

    There is a second line that runs beside the + cable too not sure what that is

    Looks like a pain to take out but I have exposed wire that has green corrosion
    That I think is the reason the starter is sluggish after it get a hot
  5. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Well-Known Member

    This could be the cause as well. The correct part was such a pain to reinstall, especially from the ground, that they were usually eliminated... If you notice the slot just above the main lug (at 12:00) on the starter, thats where the cable tab goes to keep the cable from getting twisted and getting where it doesnt belong. :eek: ws



  6. Scott Craig

    Scott Craig Member

    I will likely bypass the current setup as well and eliminate it

    Looks like mine is original if thats possible

    Thanks for the info
  7. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Well-Known Member

    Id look around for a good used one. The casing is hot molded around the wire and almost impossible to get off. The other two wires (black and brown) are connected with fusible links, one for the fuse panel and one for the lighting system. Theres 2 more in there as well and thats the resistor wire for the coil supply (mines removed since I use an HEI), and one for the 12 volts to run the starter. ws

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