Will Not Start - 1968

Presently have a 1968 Ford Thunderbird that has put me at my wits end trying to get it to start.

Whenever attempting to start it the only noise is a single click coming from the trunk, likely a relay, but haven’t located the precise location yet.

I’ve installed a new starter, solenoid, and battery to no avail.

Prior to being gifted the engine received a tune up recently and ran fine. The battery had died after the tune up but did jump successfully. This was all a few weeks prior to receiving the vehicle as a gift.

At this point I’m at a loss as to what could be the issue. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
 

74 Harley

Active Member
The single click is probably your starter solenoid,located on the right front inner fender. You have a dead battery or a very bad battery cable connection. Check the ground cable at the block. Generally on the lower right front of the block.good luck!
 

DEVIL DOG 62

Well-Known Member
Did you figure anything out yet? My 67 had a bad neutral safety switch and was doing the same thing. Try holding up on the gearshift while trying to start it or try starting it in neutral. If it starts it's a bad neutral safety switch and is attached to the bottom or side of your steering column
 
Thanks Devil Dog this was 100% the neutral safety switch. Now to attempt to locate it along the steering column. I actually gave it a look before but couldn’t locate it. I’ll give it another go. Still not starting but at least now it’s cranking like it is supposed to.
 

DEVIL DOG 62

Well-Known Member
These fords also came with Bassast resistors that help with the spark between the points and coil. If it's bad the car won't start either just turn over like no spark. They have them at autozone. Take off the breather and make sure you're getting gas when your hit the throttle. Make sure the butterfly on the choke slaps shut first time you pump it or it won't prime up the carburetor with gas. If it doesn't slap shut unscrew the 3 little screws on the round black plastic choke adjuster. With the throttle held open adjust the choke until it closes and stop turning and tighten the screws when it does. The choke will open and adjust as the engine warms up. It will be on fast idle when it first starts. Leave it go for 4-5 minutes then tap the throttle to take it off high idle. The choke should be opening at this point. If at first you can't see gas squirting in the carburetor pour just a lil bit of gas in it to prime it. You might have to repeat this until the carb is primed
 
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These fords also came with Bassast resistors that help with the spark between the points and coil. If it's bad the car won't start either just turn over like no spark. They have them at autozone. Take off the breather and make sure you're getting gas when your hit the throttle. Make sure the butterfly on the choke slaps shut first time you pump it or it won't prime up the carburetor with gas. If it doesn't slap shut unscrew the 3 little screws on the round black plastic choke adjuster. With the throttle held open adjust the choke until it closes and stop turning and tighten the screws when it does. The choke will open and adjust as the engine warms up. It will be on fast idle when it first starts. Leave it go for 4-5 minutes then tap the throttle to take it off high idle. The choke should be opening at this point. If at first you can't see gas squirting in the carburetor pour just a lil bit of gas in it to prime it. You might have to repeat this until the carb is primed
If he has the original carburetor I don't believe it has the electric choke.
 
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