First, turn on headlights, watch them while trying to start. If they stay on, and you hear a light click on fender start relay, , it is 95% sure it is something in the starter itself, assuming wiring from starter to the relay on inner fender is all intact . If lights dim way down or go out, you have corrosion on large battery terminals inside where they squeeze post, (very common after sitting) or a bad/or dead/ battery .If terminal switch corrosion inside the larger, starter mounted solenoid , as Tom describes, you will hear a heavier clunk as the big solenoid at starter pulls in , on top of starter, but it will not spin. Can also be mechanically jammed etc,= time for new starter, if not repairable contacts .
Hope that helps. By the way learning to read headlights is really helpful stuff---they should brighten noticeably off idle if you rev engine, tells you generator regulator etc are working fine ; ammeter too of course, on F but not all cars have that, and V meter in newer cars often sluggish and hard to read small changes. But headlights tell you.
In the past I've had similar problems with my F. Turned out that the contact plate in the starter solenoid was corroded. Simple fix to take it out, reverse it and reinstall. Now no more clicks, starts every time. Thanks to several good 300 buddies with the solution. Good luck.
Bell Canyon, CA
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