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Thread: Silly electrical question

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    Default Silly electrical question

    Hi all first post and stupid problem. I have a 79 scout 2 I am in the middle of restoring. Yesterday I hooked the stereo back up and with the ignition in the forward position the power started to go in and out. When I then tried to start her up I am just hearing a clicking noise but the engine won't turn over. Any suggestions? I have searched the threads but couldn't find anything on this. Did I fry the "gold box" that seemes to be a weakness is these models? Thanks for any advice. Dave

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    The 79 has a Prestolite module in the distributor. Works like a gold box, but it's all self contained.

    You could have fried it by leaving the key on too long without the engine running, but the clicking sound is caused by:

    1. Inadequate battery power.
    (this can be a low battery, bad cable connections, or bad cables)
    2. Neutral safety switch not disengaged (park vs drive)
    3. Bad solenoid or bad starter.

    If you fry your spark module, the engine will turn over, but it just won't fire up.
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    Allen, Thanks for the info. I think I had the pleasure of meeting you at the last AZ scout rally in 08 when it was in Prescott. I'll check it out.

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    are the wires connected to the starter correct? check the engine ground cable also. and all the stuff Allen said.
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    Default 78 Scout II - no spark

    I seem to have the same issue, is the module in the distributer replaceable?

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    Yes, you can replace the module in the distributor. The type of distributor setup varies by year.
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    Default Modules for Prestolite

    Would you recommend the Pertronix ignition for the Prestolite distributor?

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