Why does my 1971 Thunderbird have no electrical power?


Asked by Jul 25, 2015 at 07:23 PM about the 1971 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I turn the key and get nothing: no accessories and the starter motor does not turn.  I
cleaned the battery terminals and replaced the ignition switch on the steering column.  
The headlight switch had been acting up before the problem, so I replaced it, too.  Still
nothing when I turn the key to start or to accessories.

4 Answers


Check connections at the starter and starter solinold.

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Also check ground wire coming from negative battery terminal going to the chassis frame making sure it did not come loose from the frame.

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Kelly Mayo


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Edward Walker

Check the negative cable where it bolts to the engine block. I had this same problem on my 70 Thunderbird.

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