I had been driving the car with no big problems except that the headlights were dim (and would blink dimmer in time with the turn signals) and that the starter cranked slowly. Okay, I figured, shoulda had the alternator rebuilt when I had the engine out last spring; guess I'll have to do that.
But then (when I was on my way to a dress-nicely-type party, of course) I stopped at a cash machine to get some cash, and when I came back the car was dead. No dome light, no warning lights on the panel, no cranking, no nuthin.
Rolling up one sleeve of my dress shirt and feeling around in the dark, I found that the nut that holds the primary cable onto its stud on the starter had un-nutted itself. This is the thick wire that runs from battery + to the starter, and it had been gradually getting looser and looser -- causing all my weird symptoms. Tightening it up finger-tight was enough to get me to the party, and then next day I wrenched it down (this time with a lockwasher and threadlocker) and all my electrical problems now are gone.
I'm not saying yours is the exact same problem, but I AM saying check all the wires and connections around the starter. The ignition switch is a possibility, too, and so is a bad starter solenoid, but I always start with the easy stuff first.
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