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'66 Stang 289 starter issues

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The past few times I tried starting my 66 Mustang(289,4speed), the starter was turning very slow as if I had low voltage in the battery. The battery tested fine. The last time I attempted to start it, it barely cranked and didn't start. I noticed some smoke coming from near the voltage regulator on the radiator support. It turned out to be a ground wire heating up to the point where it charred the insulation. This wire came out of the harness and was grounded to the top voltage regulator mounting bolt. Would a bad starter cause this wire to heat up? Two feet of snow in Rhode Island has prevented me from crawling under the car and removing the starter.
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Thanks for the input. I'll take apart and clean all the connections as soon as the weather breaks here. Three feet of snow in the past week and high temps in the teens. I am without a garage
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