Working on getting a '57 F100 running that's been sitting four years. I've gone through a myriad of things to get it prepped before finally trying to start it up, so today all I needed to do was charge the battery.
I had a charger hooked up to the battery for most of the day today. Tried staring the motor, but the starter solenoid clicks and that's it. I suppose the solenoid could be bad, but could the starter possibly be the culprit?
In my experience I have always thought that a clicking solenoid was a starter/solenoid problem; however, it has always come down to a corroded connections somewhere in the cables. I would check every connection for corrosion and good continuity before buying any replacement parts. I hope this is your problem, nice and simple!
You said it has sat for 4 years and all that was left was to charge the battery, a battery that has sat for that long is junk, put in a fresh battery, clean all cable mounting points and see what happens.
Hmmmm, Coos Bay Oregon. The corrosion blows in from across the Pacific and sticks to the electrical connections. Maybe jump across the big terminals on the solenoid after everything is clean and see if it cranks, that's what I'd do. Oh, and replace that old battery with the biggest one that will fit.
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