Help! My 1965 T-Bird will not start at all. It will not turn over when I turn the key. There is no clicking when I turn the key to indicate that the car is starting at all there is no sound at all. I have replaced the battery, silnoid, and had the starter tested and it is good but the car will not start. The lights, radio, and windows all work so I know the battery is doing what it shoud. I am at loss. Does anyone have a clue on what the problem may be? I try to drive the car every weekend to keep it lubed.
Back up light switch / neutral safety switch. This is located under the dash on the steering column. This part isn't avaliable @ part houses. Splice the purple and black wire together and the red and blue together. Ground the white and black wire(so your back up lights don't on) This should take care of your problem...
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Re: 1965 Thunderbird Starting Problem
You will need to check if power is being supplied to starter solenoid when key is in start position. Do this with a 12 V test light at small wire at starter. If no power, problem is in switch either transmission inhibitor on trans or other supply from key switch.
Mine did the same thing. I did all of the above also but what I found was it was none of those things. First I would try to Move the steering wheel all the way to the right and push the gear selector all the way to the right at the same time try to start the car> I found that mine would work while doing this then I went under the steering column and cleaned the slide bar and lock on the column now works great maybe a ground issue whatever it worked.......GOOD LUCK
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Unless it was different back then, the switch should allow starting in park or neutral like today's safety switches. So it could be that switch, and your test was invalid. Unless, as I said, it was different back then. This car has the start relay bolted on the fender, doesn't it? If it does, that relay needs to be grounded to the fender to work, might check that. And pull off the small wire to the relay and check for power on it while the key is held in start. This is the start wire from the ignition switch and should click the relay on to pass battery voltage to the starter. If power there, the relay may need replacing. If no power, work back to the neutral safety switch. Pull the connector off and check for a power signal to the connector with the key held in start. If no power, it may be the ignition switch. If it does have power, see if the switch itself has continuity with the shifter in park. Good luck on the old T-bird.
Check your inertia switch in the trunk and press to reset it. See if you hear the pump run when you turn the key. Then try to start it. If it has been awhile since fuel filter time, you could do a fuel sample and replace the filter. You must have some type of spark to ignite the starting fluid, but your TPS switch regulates fuel pressure and spark advance. A code reader would be a nice thing to use right now. You may want to look at the timing belt for shredding. I hope this helps you.
Replace the ignition tumbler--i.e. get a new ignition set with new key. This will require removing the plastic trim around the steering column and removing the old ignition set. It's a good DIY project, but you should get a Haynes manual for 83-88 T-Bird/Cougar. Try going to a junk yard for the replacement part. Crown Vics, Cougars, Grand Marquis', Lincolns all have the same type of set for those years.