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1953 chevy 6 volt ignition switch

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jesdude, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. jesdude
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    I haven't really thought about this and it dawned on me today. I purchased an American Autowire Highway 15 kit and it includes a new ignition switch with keys but I wanted to keep the stock 53 ignition switch with the neat lighted bezel and keyhole. My car will be all 12 volts now and I'm wondering If I can use the original ign switch? Keep in mind that I am installing an inline 250 cu. engine from a 1971 chevy truck into my car. I'm worried about an increased load on the switch. Should I wire up a starter relay instead?
     
  2. 5559
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    will be ok as is - just change the bulb
     
  3. Curt B
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    The original 6 volt switch had to support twice the amperage and will be more robust than a 12 volt one. Same goes for all the wiring.
     
  4. jesdude
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    Ok, but can anybody recommend a relay kit? I just would like to shorten the path of the electricity to the starter to decrease starting issues in the future.
     

  5. 325w
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    Just wire it like AAW says in their instructions. It will work as good as new. IMHO
     
  6. boooooob
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    Had one of those 250's in my old Tom Sawyer boat, GM starters had an external attached solenoid, which is a mechanical lever and relay together, you can put in another relay, but you will be adding more connections with probably not much gain if any...:)


    boooooob
     
  7. jesdude
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    That's my plan for pretty much everything else. I will be using the headlight switch and dimmer switch that came with the kit.

    I realize that but I guess what I'm getting at is having the ease to "bump" the engine at the solenoid for maintenance and testing purposes and also reducing potential heat soak/hot start issues. I found something that said to use a solenoid for a early 90's Ford and I believe that is what I will use.

    thanks for your replies! :D
     
  8. Snarl
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