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88 Melting Battery Cables!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:45 pm
by Duntov
Hi All - new to the forum. Drove first gen troopers all thru college in the late 90's. no almost 30 years later I just took delivery of one 88 and 89 2.6! I'm restoring one, and going to give my kids the other one to wrench on.

Got the 88 running like a top last night. It had been sitting for a long while. Timed it and got it purring like a kitten. Then I was degreasing it and hosing it down (while running, I know I know.....) and something shorted out. Melted both positive and negative battery cables. Got them cleaned up a bit and tried hooking them up again but it's sparking the battery like crazy and showing a big short on the positive side.

Couple questions, 1 - what's the obvious things you'd recommend checking, 2 - how can I source the proper replacement battery cables, or can I just use proper length universal?

Thank you!

Re: 88 Melting Battery Cables!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:05 pm
by Duntov
UPATE - the connection at starter was loose and grounded to block. Used universal style cables. Easy fix.