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I think the first step would be to check the connections to the battery and to take a close look at the earth strap between the battery and the body and the one from engine and the body.
Sounds very much like it could be an earthing issue to me. You could run a temporary earth using a booster cable from the negative terminal of the battery to the body of the car (non painted part) to see if that helps to get the car started.
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Last edited by dave_mezza2006; 8th December 2008 at 10:29 AM.