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1006 olds cutlass supreme won't crank

Battery is good, starter is good, getting power to relays and fuses but when I turn the ignition key to start engine all dash lights light up but get nothing else. I had someone turn ignition key to start as I hooked up a test light to the ignition wire terminal and the light did not come on. I don't know what else to try.

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Try taking a power wire from the battery positive and getting it on the starter terminal and seeing if the starter turns over if it does it could be a fusible link that runs between the starter terminal and the relay

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