In a message dated Mon, 7 Oct 2002 12:59:42 PM Eastern Standard Time, "Javier
Vidaurre Ch." <email@example.com> writes:
>Tomorrow I will be test driving a 1968 Herald Saloon
>1200 that is for sale....
>Haynes says negative earth, Post 1967 1200 & 13/60.
>The car has it's Lucas dynamo. With no battery in the
>car for reference how do I verify this as a Neg. Gnd
>car? Cable color?
It almost certainly would be a Negative Ground car. Even if it wasn't, there is
little or NO risk in jumping it with another Negative Ground car, or in
connecting your battery with Negative Ground. If there were a radio connected,
or any other such accessory that is polarity sensitive, I would make sure to
disconnect those. But those are the only items that might be harmed. Otherwise,
at worst the dynamo will not charge (but should not be harmed and could be
>If it turns out to be a Pos. Gnd car how do you
>jump/boost start the car from a Neg. Gnd car (1996
The same way as you would jump-start any other car: Ensure that positive is
connected to positive and negative to negative. You might consider making one
of the connections on the Herald to a good ground rather than to the battery
>Any other sharable wisdom?
Not at the moment! But good luck in resurrecting yet another Herald!
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