94 GT No crank - Trying to fix for relative's funeral

GS_Geoff

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Hey all,

I mostly have GMs (boo, hiss) but my vintage pride and joy is a 1963 Falcon. Currently, I am trying to diagnose and repair a 1994 Mustang GT 5 speed. It belonged to my son-in-law, who passed away suddenly at only 25. We're hoping to drive the car in his funeral procession in 3 days. That said, it has a very frustrating no-crank issue. Not all the diagnostic/work has been done by me, but I am stepping in to help. I have a ton of experience working on GM 3800's and some on old Ford I-6's, but not the Ford small block V8.

Ignition cylinder is a little wonky, but turning key makes lights come on and hear clicks. Being a manual, it will push start.

Done so far:
Tested with 2 different known good batteries from daily drivers
Battery wires/connectors look good, no visible corrosion
Tested starter at O'Reilly's - OK
Used test light and found power getting to starter
Bypassed clutch safety switch - no change
Replaced starter relay - no change
Bypassed ignition switch - no change
Cleaned connections with starter - no change

What else do we need to try? My thought process is just replace the starter next, as it is 27 years old at this point. Anything we missed that would cause no crank?

Thanks,

Geoff
 

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if you pulled the starter and it tested as good then I would not replace it. There is a fusable link that is on the power wire for the starter that comes down off of the fuse box under the hood. The link might have popped and need to be replaced. If you have a volt meter or test light check for voltage at the starter power wire, as well as with the key in the crank position on the trigger wire for the starter.
 

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He must have got it running. Wish he would have told us what the problem was and the solution.
 

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Never got it running right. Starter was replaced, clutch safety switch was replaced, battery is known good, ignition was replaced and the starter is getting power. Still no idea what's wrong. It can be started with a rolling start or by some Jerry rigged method his friend came up with, not even sure what he did, but now he wants to install a wire directly from the battery to the starter and just have a push button start.
 

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The starter is getting power - I will assume you mean the thinner trigger wire going to it has 12v. With that being said does the power wire to the starter wire(The thick sob) also have 12 v on it? There is a fusable link on that wire next to the battery that can pop and be replaced.
 

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