Hi, about two months ago I asked for help to figure out why my 1980 MGB
wasn't restarting after being driven for a while.Â Most people suggested
that it was a problem with the battery or with the battery connections.Â
I generally kept it on a battery tender, and one person suggested
disconnecting that because it tends to cover up battery problems. I
disconnected the tender and let the car sit for a while.
My son, bored from sheltering at home, started a woodworking project in
the garage.Â He didn't realize that using a sander would generate
sawdust, and didn't notice until I pointed it out to him that the cars
were now covered with sawdust.
Today was a nice day, so I was planning on washing the cars.Â I tried to
start the MGB - the battery seemed fine, the starter seemed to be
spinning the engine properly, but the car wouldn't start.
I had added a negative battery to ground cable and a coil to a parts
order (I needed to replace my gas cap) that's been sitting in the box
since it arrived in March.Â Since the battery appeared to be working OK,
I tried swapping the coil first.Â The old coil (from 2002) was a Lucas
Sports coil, but I just got the standard coil listed for my car.Â I
installed the new coil, and the car started right away.Â It ran pretty
well, which surprised me a little since it hadn't been driven in a
while, but I wasn't going to complain.
I'll still replace the negative battery cable - the one on the car looks
a little frayed - but I'm glad that replacing the coil resolved the problem.
Thanks again to everyone who offered suggestions when I was looking for
--Steve (1980 MGB)
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