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Car won't start. 1974, not a 2006

I just got a 1975 Fiat Spider. It was last driven in February. At that point, a wire came of the ignition, and the previous owner took several wires off, then the car would not start. I got it wired correctly, and know this because when you turn the key on, the fan comes on, so something's right. However, the car won't start. It does not "crank" and you hear ONE click. It can't be the starter. Is it at all possible that it is out of gas, and/or that I need to put a little gas in the top of the carburetor?

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If the motor does not turn over (spin) and all you hear is a click when you turn the key, it has to be something with the starter. It is very possible that the starter has frozen up (meaning the brushes are at a point on the commentator that they are not making the electrical contact needed to spin the starter). If it is just making one click then it is most likely the solenoid on top of the starter. I would replace the starter. If however the motor actually turns over then I would try these steps in this order.
Remove the top of the air cleaner. Either put a little bit of gas or use starting fluid (starting fluid is safer as it evaporates quicker) and put it down the carb then try to start. If it tries to start then you have spark. If it does not change anything then you most likely have no spark. In 1975 they were still using points-type ignitions in FIATS (they switched to electronic-type in 1979, I believe) so make sure that your points are not burnt out and that they are getting electricity. If you are getting spark and it tries to run then I would check for fuel delivery. I had to hook up an electric fuel pump (get one made for carburetors NOT FUEL INJECTION) to get mine to work. If you are feeling adventurous, have a manual transmission, have plenty of flat space to try this, some friends willing to push your car around, and hopefully some experience in push starting a car, then you could try pouring a little gas down the carb and then trying to push start it. To accomplish this you would need to be sitting behind the wheel and have the ignition turned to the on position. Have someone pour a little gas down the carb. Then have your friends push you with the car in neutral. When they get a little momentum they let go of the car, you push in the clutch, shift the car into 1st and then quickly release the clutch. If done correctly this will turn the motor over. if the car starts then you have a problem with the starter, either wires or bad starter.

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