You guys were so helpful last time (see ‘ATF and the older truck’) figured I’d give it another shot.
1975 Chevy K10 Pickup. Supposed to be a Silverado but most of the Silverado-ish do-dads on the inside are long gone.
Teenaged son drove it to school. After school it would not start.
“No, Dad,” he said “it’s not in gear.” And I trust him when he claims he did not leave the lights or the radio on. He’s pretty truthful - a better son to me than I was to my dad, that’s for sure.
His mom was closer, she drove on over, gave it a jump. No dice. AAA was nice enough to tow it home.
Looking at it today, this is what it does: With the key in, switched to on, no accessories. No lights. Won’t crank over - not even a whisper, a clunk, a rumble. Nothing.
I was told that this was the case when she was jumping it, too.
Checked the fuse box. All visually appear ok. Found ‘a’ 20a ‘fuse’ from the previous owner that was a real workman-like roll of tinfoil connecting the two poles. I admired the ingenuity and the care that went into it for a second. Then replaced it. Still no dice.
I’m avoiding pulling them out for a voltmeter check because a) they look ok and b) it’s kind of a chore getting them out in one piece. I’m not sure if b) is because I’m thrifty (cheap) or because I hate broken glass inside the truck.
It’s probably something simple and the truck is out there, hood up, mocking me. Her former owner, she is saying, would have done something clever and country and gotten her going in a jiff. Maybe more tinfoil.