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Sorry to revive an old thread, but looking for some clues from any of the electrical gurus out there.
1) Battery completely charged.
2) Starter relay installed.
3) Turn key to first position, all of the electricals work.
4) Turn key to start car. It doesn't even start to turn over but everything just goes dead. Further attempts at going back to first key position yields no power.

Here's the weird thing: if I disconnect and then reconnect the battery, then the accessories start to work in the first key position again.
So it's not a fuse.

Question: what would get "reset" by disconnecting and then reconnecting the battery that would lead to this behavior? It doesn't make sense to me. Any tips appreciated... I want to get her on the road!
 

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Thank you

I ended up sanding the connector at the negative battery terminal as there was some corrosion, and it started right up.

It's all very strange - I still can't figure out why it wouldn't give any sign of life unless I disconnected and then reconnected the battery. It's like there's a relay that's stuck in one position until the battery is physically disconnected, but that also doesn't make sense.

But it's running now, so I guess all good. Thanks for the suggestions.
 

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This is all very helpful. Thank you, team! My '82 has become an outdoor car since the '74 Fiat moved in, and she's not been happy about it...
 
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