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Ok heres my story
Im new to the world of classic mustangs and this forum,
i just purchased my first 1965 mustang coupe, ive always wanted one.
well i went out to boise and bought it.
She'd been sittin for a while but started up just fine.
on the way back home she started over heating
this is were the troubles began.
pulled into a rest stop to find that one of the radiator hoses had a leak in.
No big deal, i waited for her to cool down, poured some water in the radiator just to get back home.
Five miles from home i had to stop at a gas station.
Went back out and tryed to turn her on and the **** just wouldnt start.
Tried jumpin her, didnt work.
When i turn the key i get one clanking noise buts that it.
Where do yall think i should on trying to fix her?
 

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Hello. :) :welcome
A lot would depend on how long the car had just sat around without being started. It could easily be the case that you have a number of issues that will have to be sorted out. What you describe sounds a lot like excessive corrosion on the either the battery cables or the starter cable, or, possibly, all of the above. :)
 

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Hello BigTree,
FIRST- Welcome to the forum. You will find a LOT of useful info here.

NEXT - -It sounds as though the car may have sat for some time resulting
in the leaky hose. It is also possible that other things need to checked as well.

I think Veronica is spot on AS ALWAYS. Check he battery connections and clean them
also do the cable ends at the same time.
It is likely the battery could have a weak cell or is not charging.
This could be the result of a loose fan belt, sticky voltage regulator, bad alternator.

DO NOT get discouraged - -instead think of these little troubles as just part
of the introduction to an classic car.

I think it would be a good time to get the car home and do some preventative work.

Things like
1. - Flush the radiator
2. - Change the hoses upper lower and heater hoses
3. - Check/change the fan belt
4. - Install new thermostat.
5. - Clean all the electrical connections even on the solenoid and starter.

You may have a bunch of LITTLE things to do to assure that the car is
in solid mechanical condition.

After getting the car running right - - could be wise to check the brake fluid level
and the condition of the brake shoes/pads etc.

This is a GREAT hobby/passion and you will love the car once the little things
are worked out.

If unsure how to do any of these things - - just post and we are here

Good Luck - - Print DAd
 

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Hopefully will be able to give me lots of info
cause it sounds like i got a job on my hands.
Towed it down to the auto parts store to check the battery which turned out to be fine.
Cleaned up were the wires connect to battery and she still wouldnt start
Then we took the starter off to test that.
Sure enough it was trashed, you could hear the ballbearing shakin around when we picked it up.
On further inspection we notice the fly wheel had been atein up to.
Also it turned out that it wasnt the original engine, thinkin it came out of 1964 flacon.
when we replace the flywheel im gonna look for the vin number before i start buying more parts
 

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Welcome to this forum. The folks here are above and beyond when you need help. Good advice from the others, so go with it! Good luck!
 

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In addition to what Veronica and PrintDad said, it could also be a bad solenoid switch or a bad ignition coil. If the battery and starter check out, you might consider changing the solenoid and coil. They're pretty cheap.

When I first got my 66 I think I went through about 3 batteries... they all just kept draining to the point where there wasn't enough juice to start the car. The problem was a bad ground at the horn. My 4th battery was a $150ish dollar DieHard Gold battery with a 3 year warranty... just in case anything happens i can just take it back and grab a fresh one. Good luck
 

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hit the starter with a hammer a few times, see if the bendix in the starter is malfunctioning. hit it right in the middle with a ball peen about 5 times decently hard and see if it turns on...if so, get a new starter.
 

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never-mind what I said up there.
 
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