as many know been rebuilding my 1929 Engine, and got it back in the car. tried to start it 2x so far, and something went wrong, starter switch failed, started arcing the starter, burnt up the field coil in starter, had it rebuilt, then found out that it also melted the battery disconnect switch, replaced that. went out last night for fire attempt number 3.
did my once over, and installed battery, and then tried to fire spin the engine to pump gas to the pump, then carb. i primed the oil pump via drill
. and the thing could barely turn over !! i can crank it by hand and it is a little tight, but i expect that on a freshly rebuilt engine. starter is fine and works great, they tested it and i bench tested it. i had to remove all spark plugs to get the thing to turn over.
so wondering if maybe the battery got fried ? burned out a few cells or something ? it is a Red Top Optima 6v, and this thing usually slings the motor around like there is no tomorrow. it stays on the tender and says it is fully charged, on a meter I get 6.4 v all day.
unfortunately i do NOT have a spare 6v battery around anywhere :( think i will call local auto store and see if they can load test the 6v.
Any other thoughts ?