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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Apr 26, 2021.

  1. I have had a few cars, mostly '39 & '40 Fords with a key to turn on the switch and a button to start, I haven't had a car with one in a long time but I liked the simplicity and if I ever need to replace the ignition switch in my old beater it's something to consider.

    How about you guys? HRP
  2. pirate
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 846

    from Alabama

    Ironically my three project cars all have key switch’s but my last two new daily drivers have push buttons.
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  3. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 12,718

    jimmy six

    My OT F-150 is push button is my wife’s 2015 OT
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  4. I was going to add it back to my Caddy, I found this schematic from Rebel wiring. I'm sure there is another version

  5. SlamIam
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 468


    Still pushing the button in my 51 F1
  6. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,570

    51 mercules

    On my 51 Merc I still use one!
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  7. proartguy
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
    Posts: 570

    from Sparks, NV

    I like to use original ignition switches on my old rides, so they have starter buttons as they originally had foot activated starters.
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  8. millersgarage
    Joined: Jun 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,196


    yup, my 47 and 33 both have them
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  9. fordy7coupe
    Joined: Sep 29, 2006
    Posts: 103

    from Wylie, TX

    The starter position of the column mounted key ignition switch on my daughters OT vehicle wore out. She didn't have the $ to replace it, so I wired in a push button on the dash and told her, "There, now you got one of them 'modern' cars with a push-button starter." She wasn't impressed.
  10. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 53,094


    Not since I sold the T....or the Hudson before that....

    time for me to get another one, I think.
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  11. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 3,027


    My 40 Pontiac and 50 Chevrolet ramp truck currently!:)
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  12. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 7,626

    Special Ed

    I like to think of the push-button on my '53 Jet as a theft deterrent. I never remove the key from the ignition switch. If I'm out somewhere and someone decides that they'd like to take it, they'll turn the key and quickly discover it won't start. ;)
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  13. Stooge
    Joined: Sep 9, 2015
    Posts: 504


    My Buick will have a pushbutton with in lieu of the gas pedal starter switch, but im keeping the keyed column switch and use it as an interrupter since its also the column support and steering lock out.
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  14. stubbsrodandcustom
    Joined: Dec 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,954

    from Spring tx

    I did it for simplicity on my Model A, I like being able to roll a motor over without having to disconnect ignition etc.
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  15. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 32,409


    I have lost track of how many Chevy AD truck guys I have tried to convince that they can put a push button in their truck for "start" rather than swapping ignition switches to something that never fit right and always come loose. It's amazing as to how many don't grasp the concept and don't understand that if you hide the push button just enough so that you can't see it but can easily reach it you have a pretty good theft deterrent plus if you leave the keys in the truck along with a small child they aren't going to be able to crank the starter if they play "drive the truck". It's not hard or expensive to replace the stomp pedal with a tractor foot start switch either.

    Years ago I lost my keys and ended up putting a push button and toggle switch under the dash to start and run my 48. I drove it that way for over a year.. My buddy had ridden in the truck a number of times before he figured out that I didn't have a key in the switch.
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  16. das858
    Joined: Jul 28, 2010
    Posts: 894


    My '38 Plymouth pickup still uses the original push button to crank the engine , I like it !
  17. Thank you, this could be helpful to someone wanting to wire in a starter button. HRP
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  18. typo41
    Joined: Jul 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,572

    Member Emeritus

    40 pickup - Yes
    50 Ute - Yes
    28 Ford Land Speed Roadster - Yes
    54 Wagon has a key start
    Chick's 28 key start, but I will change that this year
    I think of it as a theft deterrent, like a clutch
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  19. cfmvw
    Joined: Aug 24, 2015
    Posts: 959


    I had an OT beater that the column ignition switch broke in, jamming the tumbler and preventing me from starting the car or removing the key. Happened to be in a Walmart parking lot, so I went in and bought some cheap tools, and took the steering column apart so I could pop the broken tumbler out, then stuck a long screwdriver in there so I could start the car. When I got home, I cut the steering column lock off, and added a toggle switch on the dash to power up the car and shut it off, just used the screwdriver to start it. While I was at it, I also took all the pins out of the door locks; it was very convenient to just use a screwdriver to unlock and start the car!
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  20. My 50 ford and 2021 Tacoma both have push button start, what is old is new again.
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  21. I retained the push button start with the original locking column and on/off switch in a 40 Ford Sedan. I used a relay as mentioned above. Putting in a key start would take away something neat that makes an old car cool. If I were doing it again, I'd do it the same.
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  22. mickeyc
    Joined: Jul 8, 2008
    Posts: 1,363


    I like the push button on my 40 Ford. I tend to bang my knee into on
    occasion when entering or exiting the coupe. This of course produces an
    embarrassing lurch at the most inopportune of moments. Its okay I gave up trying to look cool long ago!
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  23. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,800


    Starting with my '35 slantback, all mine since are push button start.
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  24. still got a starter button on my 33 pickup. 1538803_781802488500174_490833137_n.jpg
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  25. GeezersP15
    Joined: Dec 4, 2011
    Posts: 555

    from N.E. PA

    Yep...My 1948 Plymouth has push-button start.
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  26. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,800


    Planning on using a key to liven it and then start with the PB on my 31 Roadster with an 8BA. Kinda like how Henry did it but not a floor button.
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  27. 4ty
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 272


    40 Ford coupe with the button.
    Paul in CT
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  28. Push buttons and stomp starters make me happy.
  29. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 22,557

    from Michigan

    My o/t 2019 Ford has one...
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  30. My '40 Ford coupe and '32 Ford roadster have a button. The '35 Ford PU has a key switch that came with the wiring kit.
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