My 1972 Ford Thunderbird has no power, no electricity even after I've replaced it with a brand new battery and installed a new alternator???

Asked by Jun 28, 2014 at 05:17 AM about the 1972 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My first encounter of this problem
was when I tried to turn On the
ignition. There was no power at all. I
couldn't even turn on my headlights
or sound the horn. So I called for a
jump start service and the moment
he placed the cable, the hood lights
came back on and we were able to
start the car. But when he unhook
one of the jumper cable line, it just
died again. He suggested to change
the alternator and so I did just that.
Installed a brand new alternator into
my '72. I even replace it with a brand
new battery. Then I tried to turn it on
again it would work. No life at all
from car. What should I do?? Any
advise would be helpful. Thank You!

3 Answers

121,145

Sounds like bad/dirty negative battery connections on the frame and motor.

121,145

With it working with a jump start i am almost positive that it just a connection issue somewhere. I would also tighten and clean both battery connections on battery. If the connections are old and tightened all the way they can go I would replace them. Also look for corrosion on the wires to the terminals. For giggles you can take the jumper cables and only connect the negative cable to your battery and the other end of negative to good metal on the motor. If power then is restored the problem is with the negative battery connections either on battery or frame/motor.

6,225

I found on my 65 that the cable was only making contact with one tiny wire within the whole cable! It looked good and when I tried to move it, it still held but was not heavy enough to let power pass. I would advise you to check your battery cables (pos and neg) by taking them off the care and do a good inspection.

Your Answer

Thunderbird

Looking for a Used Thunderbird in your area?

CarGurus has 1,038 nationwide Thunderbird listings starting at $6,498.

ZIP:

Ford Thunderbird Experts

  • #1
    Larry Sturgis
    Reputation
    1,790
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,710
  • #3
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    1,340
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
256 Great Deals out of 36,837 listings starting at $2,500
Used Chevrolet Corvette
100 Great Deals out of 15,289 listings starting at $3,900
Used Chevrolet Camaro
241 Great Deals out of 28,842 listings starting at $1,800
Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
54 Great Deals out of 3,040 listings starting at $3,500
Used Dodge Challenger
100 Great Deals out of 25,144 listings starting at $7,995
Used Dodge Charger
250 Great Deals out of 32,949 listings starting at $2,000
Used Pontiac Firebird
8 Great Deals out of 684 listings starting at $3,695
Used Chevrolet Impala
395 Great Deals out of 25,692 listings starting at $900
Used Mercury Cougar
145 listings
Used Volkswagen Beetle
112 Great Deals out of 8,026 listings starting at $1,600

Used Cars For Sale

2005 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
95 listings starting at $7,500
2004 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 131 listings starting at $7,900
2003 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 174 listings starting at $7,950
2002 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 325 listings starting at $6,498

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.