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Classic/Antique Car Repair/1972 Chevrolet Camaro, 350


I recently did a lot of suspension work on my car myself. I replaced bushings, control arms and shocks. It was running when I began the repair but it was up on a lift for 2 week's. I finished the front end but when I went to start it it had a hard time turning over. I got it home but haven't been able to get it started again. It will turn over once or twice but then stop. I tested the battery and it was bad so u replaced it but it is doing the exact same thing. A friend was under the hood and said there was a puff of smoke that came up from the right side of the engine. There is also s burning smell of plastic or rubber.

Even though the new battery is good, try jumping it
from another car to give you extra battery power. If
this works, you have bad starter bushings. When the starter
bushing are badly worn, they can not engage properly. Often
extra power will force the starter bushing to engage.

Also, check the connection to the starter to make sure it is
clean and tight as well and the connection to the battery.

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I can answer most questions about autos built in the 1920 through 1990. Mechanical issues and technical questions are my expertise. I also have a general knowledge of most older automobiles. Keep in mind, I can only provide answers if the questions are very specific and complete. Without details, I can only speculate and that's not good for solving your problem.


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