[quote="idahofowler"]the truck's a '69 ford f-100 with a 5.9, 360 CID engine, everything's original (until i tear it out.)
so i have been driving my truck around for a few months, i've gotten her running good and tested her out offroading, but i have one problem, the truck occasionally shuts down while i am driving. Last night was when it finally came to a head. i had the usual shut off, so i casually changed lanes and pulled into a parking lot as i was heading home from work. i tried to get the thing started again because it usually starts after five minutes. this time i couldn't get it started at all. I tried the third time's a charm and it sure wasn't! i heard a loud grinding sound as the truck tried to start so i shut her back down. now when i go to start it it doesn't crank the engine, my solenoid is clicking but i think my starter went bad, it could be anywhere from the key ignition to the coil, maybe a loose wire. either way, the flywheel is not being engaged. what do you guys think? any automotive experts in here? maybe you're restoring an older truck or car and could give some insight? i want to figure this out because it is getting to be a bit more than a pain in the side.
What is the usual shut off? The truck looses power jerks a cupal of times then stops? The starter ingaged but didn't desingaged. Hit whith a hamer 2 see if that lets the gear go or pull the starter and put it back.If you want 2 see if the starter works us jumper cabels and hook it to the batter.it also seam that your truck is vaper locking thas gas in the fual line is turing into seam can you move the gas line or rap it in foal to shiled it from heat.