Engine dies out at low speed while turning left.

Hello, I can not turn left at a low speed without killing the motor. It acts like a complete electrical failure but fires right back up. Anyone have a place to start looking. I have put new points, coil, condenser. It is not fuel related but electrical.

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Comment by Russ Austin on November 14, 2017 at 8:28am

Has the wiring to the starter been checked? Those usually crack and could be hitting the frame.

Comment by Jeff Kinzler on November 14, 2017 at 3:21am
My restoration shop owner says that due to not being driven regularly as our cars were intended, they develop oxidation and corrosion in electrical components and wiring.

Currently they are restoring the comfortron a/c and dashboard as part of an interior restoration. Another problem is rodents get into deep hidden spaces and can cause damage.

The squirrel cage blower in my car was packed solid with dead mice. You had to see it to believe it. But that's why the motor didn't turn the fan.
Comment by Joe Basile on November 12, 2017 at 6:03pm

Jeff, at this point I will try almost anything. The car is a cream puff with only 54,000 miles and it is a one owner. The fellow bought it the day after Christmas 1963.

Thank you


Comment by Jeff Kinzler on November 12, 2017 at 3:38am


I had a similar problem with my '64 after return from engine rebuild shop.   Only it happened as the car warmed up and would start to sputter, backfire and then stall. Before, it was running fine except for a bad oil ring!

A genius of an old car guy said "start the motor and jiggle every wire and cable under the hood one by one until the car stalls." There you will find your problem, and he was right. 

In my case it was the plastic wire harness plug that exits the firewall behind the motor and connects to the wires along the right (passenger) side of the motor. It was only partially inserted. Ironically, just touching it with a wood broom handle made it snap into place.  But such a problem could be caused by a loose or poorly grounded battery cable. 

I could fill the rest of this post with expletives about the shop and the 9-weeks of aggravation and replacement parts and losing my summer of anticipated fun over this, but...

I fixed it myself in 5 minutes with the correct diagnostic advice. You have to laugh sometimes.

Good luck!

Jeff Kinzler

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on October 26, 2017 at 12:50pm

I do share your high regard for the website a truly great place to exchange info and often teach or learn a thing or two

To all the great guys here --Thanks

Comment by Anders on October 26, 2017 at 4:44am

"I have been thrown out of better places than this !!!"

I have a really hard time even finding another site that is as good as this. Finding one that is better is impossible. And then getting thrown out of it is just beyond me. I guess it takes a very special character to be able to get thrown out of a better place than this.

You are 73 years old Tony. You have great knowledge and experience and is willing to share. Please keep doing that, but maybe walk to the kitchen and get a fresh cup of coffee before jumping in on personal stuff.

Your friend

Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on October 25, 2017 at 11:43pm
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Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on October 25, 2017 at 11:37pm
Just so you know !!!
I have been thrown out of better places than this !!!
Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on October 25, 2017 at 11:13pm
Trust me I cannot say what I would like or it will be deleted —AGAIN
Comment by Clovis on October 25, 2017 at 11:09pm
Tony I think you were a cheerleader in a previous life. Ain't nobody gonna put our Cadillacs down. If I had to pick someone to cheer in my corner it would be you Tony!!


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