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Old May 15th, 2013, 07:32 PM
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Wont start on cold mornings

My '85 110 V8 developed a starting problem this winter. On cold mornings the starter motor will turn over but the engine just wont catch and the battery eventually runs out before the engine will start. Try it again in the warm afternoon and it fires right up.

Battery holds a charge at about 12.5V after sitting over night.

Do you think the starter motor is failing or the battery? Or both? Any way to tell?

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Old May 15th, 2013, 08:14 PM
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Battery should be loaded test.
Connections cleaned,
Plug gaping checked.
EFI or points?
Carb or EFI?
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Old May 15th, 2013, 08:16 PM
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My first guess would be the choke.
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Battery should be loaded test.
Connections cleaned,
Plug gaping checked.
EFI or points?
Carb or EFI?

'85 so it's twin carbs. Plugs are new (and gapped), new leads, rotor, cap, coil, alternator.Connections clean.

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My first guess would be the choke.
What about the choke? Worked fine last year and seems to work exaclty the same as it used to do when the trucks warm.
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New battery and alternator fixed this. Starts like a champ these days.
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