Here is my issue in its full glory. Please bare with me through the story I'm about to write.
cliff notes when possible.
Buy 1966 regular Impala 283 with 2 speed power glide and factory AC.
Drive car home (30 miles).
Car seems and drives fine, no issues at stops, nothing.
Get home, turn off car for about 5 minutes, turn on car, car dies, wait a few seconds and turn on car again, it doesn't die, drove it around for about 15 minutes, park car.
3 days later try to start car, it will turn but not crank over. I mess with carb, I can't see fuel squirt (nothing in general, may be fine). I have a friend try to start car while I look, I see fuel getting in to fuel filter but not sure if it's enough.
I buy starter fluid, charge battery (battery good needs charge, I figure I ran it down) spray 2 quick shots, car fires up and continues running. I drive it around for about 20 minutes and park it, car died in reverse right when I was about to throw it in park. I try to turn it over, no lights no nothing, checked battery, negative was loose and won't tighten correctly.
Next day I buy connectors and shim for negative terminal post, car starts up fine, drive it and park.
Next day car starts fine, drive it around then park it.
The next day starts fine again, I drive to get food, park it, starts back up fine, and park it.
This goes on for a couple days, car seems fine!
I figure the problem has been fixed and I don't drive it for a day... Wait for it
Today I go to start it, it starts up, I walk over to my other car to get my smokes, I hear the car is going to die, I run back to car to give it some gas, too late car dies. Damn it! I figure it hasn't been driven in a day, pump it three times, go to start the car and it wants to go but just not making it there.
I feel like the battery isn't giving it the juice it needs, I suspect the battery is running low again, it's 4 years old, I'll take it to get tested. I get the wild hair to rip out the alternator as well to test that too. They can't test alternator and the battery needs a charge again. I only tried to start the car twice so I figure maybe the battery might need replacing because two times isn't going to drain my battery. I buy a new battery and alternator (it was 50 bucks so I said **** it). I install everything, go to fire it up and it won't start. It literally feels like it's just about to crank over but it just won't do it.
I have yet to look at spark plugs, that's for tomorrow.
Does anyone have a clue what may be the issue?
When the car starts it seems to run and work just fine, it continued to do so until I let it sit untouched for one day
. I'm not a mechanic, I'm just a guy who's mechanically inclined and likes to tinker with stuff. I love my impalas, having owned a 64 SS and regular 65, I kinda learned some of the issues these things have. Right now, other then checking the plugs, I don't know where to go.