Thanks Bob. It is satisfying that this car won’t be eaten by the tin worm as the 71 is.
With the 71 having such severe rust problems, I always questioned what I was doing; am I wasting my time, is it worth it, etc.
Your email is really ironic. I spent the afternoon attempting to determine what the cause of the non-start is…an failed miserably. :(. Not really, it’s a beautiful day here in Pennsylvania and getting back into Jaguaring felt good.
OK, so here’s where I am. Frank sent me this great email that gives me precise instructions on how to test for three potential problems; the ignition switch, the starter solenoid and the starter itself. But I was unable to do the test because I could not find the point where the four wires that Frank spoke of came together: black/green, white/yellow, white/red and brown. I assumed they were on the firewall. But only the brow is.
And that’s why your email is ironic. I though that perhaps the relay you refer to in your email, which I now know is the starter relay, was the place. It does have the brown wire coming out and going to the starter, but that’s it.
Maybe the wires are in the starter motor itself. But if that is the case, I am never going to get to them without removing the intake manifold. The only wire I see going into the starter motor is the thick black wire you refer to in your email. I did remove the end from the firewall post and found a fair amount of corrosion, which I cleaned and reconnected. But that was not the source of the problem, as the starter did not spin.
However, the thought occurred to me that on my 71, I have tested the starter by connecting a remote starter But, the 71 is a different starter motor on which you could quickly disconnect from the large black wire by just pulling it off and clip the remote starter onto the stud.
So tomorrow, I’ll remove the thick black wire from the firewall post and connect it to the remote starter. That should at least tell me if the starter solenoid and motor are working.
Thanks for your thoughts.