Today I purchased a 1969 Buick Electra 225 that, frankly, is way too nice for the 500 dollars I paid for it. It runs strong, but the problem I’m having with it is getting it started in a reasonable way. Right now, whenever the battery is connected, the beast roars to life, lack of key in the ignition be damned. Also, whenever the ground cable gets close to the battery lead, we get lots of sparks that melt the lead a bit, sort of unpleasant and unsafe.
The previous owner told me that he recently replaced the starter, which is when the problem started. We actually had to buy a new ground cable because the insulation on the old one had melted off. I’ve tried doing a little research on the internet, and the general consensus was that one of the wires connected to the starter might be out of place, but I’ve fiddled with it some and everything seems to be in place. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, I’m happy to provide additional details if necessary.