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  1. trevorsworth
    Joined: Aug 3, 2020
    Posts: 1,254


    Switch ignition, push button start on my A... planning the same for my other A too.
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  2. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 8,442


    Does a foot stomp starter count.
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    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 372


    My 40 Ford coupe still has the stock setup with no thoughts of changing
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  4. Rusty Heaps
    Joined: May 19, 2011
    Posts: 889

    Rusty Heaps

    ‘50 Chevy still using the push button. I find it amusing that this is touted as a technological advance in newer cars! ‘46 Chevy still uses the stomp start!
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  5. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 2,214


    I know you want to use the 6 volt buttons. They have a higher current rating.. I always liked the button start. I try to mount it close to the drivers side window so I can bump the engine when working on it. I always liked the key on the left side on Ford cars..

    I always remove all safety switches to the starter. If I ever get stuck and need to move the car like being stuck on railroad tracks ( you know those trains can not stop if your on the tracks). I put it in gear and run the starter to move the car..
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  6. klawockvet
    Joined: May 1, 2012
    Posts: 547


    My 28 Roadster and 40 Tudor both have toggle switches and push button starts. The 40 had a GM column that I threw away and went back to stock. In the roadster I put a 39 column and switch with a button on the dash in place of the original key. IMG_3873.jpg IMG_3876.jpg Its great to be able to crank the motor without ignition when I want. I wish I could still get the original solenoids with the push button on the bottom so I could bump the starter while working on the engine.
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  7. tguptill
    Joined: Aug 12, 2012
    Posts: 67

    from Maine

    My 57 I wired so when in the start position with the key the horn blows. There is a hidden start button under the dash. If someone tries to start it, they get scared away when the horn blows!
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  8. verno30
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
    Posts: 1,134


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  9. If the Button's came with the Car they will not work by them self's
    You need to have the Ingnition Switch turned on before they Work

    Just my 3.5 cents

    Live Learn & Die a Fool
    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 4,726


    All three of my drag cars use a pushbutton to start and a separate toggle switch for the ignition. This is because of high compression and a locked in spark curve that put a real strain on the starter to turn the engine over if the ignition is 'on' when the starter button is hit.
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  11. modagger
    Joined: Jul 2, 2013
    Posts: 328


    I guess I’m a contrarian of sorts. Pull to start my avatar.
  12. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,838


    I hide the start buttons
  13. Chuck R
    Joined: Dec 23, 2001
    Posts: 1,347

    Chuck R

    My forty still uses one.
  14. ken/alabama
    Joined: May 6, 2013
    Posts: 11

    from Alabama

    Still using it !
  15. I have push button in my '50 Chevy coupe. I also have the floor button to dim headlights. I'm really glad I kept both.
  16. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,356


    That's exactly how I wired a friend's 1949 Ford coupe when he insisted that the starter button and original ignition switch and Hurd key remained. That was almost 10 years ago and never a starting / cranking problem and the dash looks original to all.
  17. carpok
    Joined: Dec 29, 2009
    Posts: 532

    from Indy

    2708AC49-DFD3-4C6F-ABE5-2A0B51AE7B4B.jpeg FDDBBCE9-6E3B-43AE-B9F4-0C13F9D736F4.jpeg BBE29423-59DC-4E36-B032-94355FCA85A2.jpeg I wanted to keep the original switch and key on my 57 Chevy pickup. And always loved the start button on the floor. So on a recent upgrade to a 383 from a inline 6. I made brackets and a switch set up and reused the foot starter also wired it thru the neutral switch.
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  18. 6sally6
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 2,151


    Anybody have "issues" with turdz trying to steal your car?..........since a key is not needed!
  19. trevorsworth
    Joined: Aug 3, 2020
    Posts: 1,254


    At least in my case I would think anyone dumb enough to try to steal my car wouldn't be able to actually get it to pop off, let alone drive, even with no key ignition. If they know how to get it running they can probably figure out how to hotwire it, you can practically do it with a paperclip on the A. Either way a key is pointless...

    On something that's a bit more appealing to normal car thieves/joy riders I would be more wary.
  20. lahola1
    Joined: Mar 22, 2011
    Posts: 26

    from sedona, AZ

    I had a universal ignition switch in my 48 jeep for over 30 years til it finally quit.
    Replaced it with a universal switch from Fleet Farm. That lasted about 7-8 years till it blew apart. Got one from Amazon. That would hardly spring back to ign from start; chewing up my flywheel. Returned it to amazon. Bought a universal switch from O'reilly. That worked for a few weeks and then that one wouldn' spring back from start. So I finally added a pushbutton start and kept the O' reilly sw for ignition.
    They just don't make things like they used to.
  21. joee
    Joined: Oct 9, 2009
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  22. 19Eddy30
    Joined: Mar 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,814

    from VA

    All of my vehicle / cars I use push button, For Me the reason is No matter what type of ignition System Mag, Points , Crank trigger , Etc. I put the Max initial timing the Engine like's Usually 18 to as much as 25 deg before TDC, Push button make it easer to start ,
    Ignition power off, hold button to get engine spinning over 2-3 sec then Flip ignition power on / or on Mag remove from ground.
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  23. whiteknuckle
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
    Posts: 67

    from Dryden, NY

    to answer your question, yes
  24. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 2,801

    41 GMC K-18

    My 1946 IHC, KB-5, firetruck, has the rubber covered starter button, my truck has a duel battery system, so the master switch, on the truck body is lockable.
    starter button switch 1.jpg master switch 1.jpg
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  25. Keyed ignition and a push button in the dash on the Buick.
  26. New sequence to Start Car go to the Back & kick the Bumper 3 Time
    On a certain Side, Than go to Front bumper & Kick front Bumperet 2 time's
    Then enter Car & position yourself in front of Dash& put Key in Switch now
    on your left find a certain Dead Switch & flip it on.
    Now you are almoust Ready to Start Car it will cranck but it wont start
    You have to turn the Electric Fuel Pump on & wait a little bit to get
    Gas to the Carb. aut ow I have go the the Bathroom.
    And Start all over again!

    Just my 3.5 cents

    Live Learn & Die a Fool
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
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    from IDAHO

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  28. you can do exactly the same thing with out the relay in place by using a push button for a 56 F100. It is not a grounding switch, it switches voltage to go to the the starter solenoid. If you wire it up with key on voltage (I made and designed my own electrical system that uses switch on the stock column drop, that is locked by the key) it just sends juice to the solenoid to activate the starter, and does nothing if the switch is off.
  29. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 7,985



    Ever since we sat behind the wheel of any old car or hot rod, there was a push button to start the motor. Then as time passed, the turning key was the big thing. That developed into other electronic gizmos with flip out keys and another button. Now, many years later, the key still exists, but now, there is a dedicated push button for starting most cars from the factory. Daily drivers and custom hot rods, the advances will never cease.
    One would think that development of the industry has improved. At least, the key area is well protected for the old hot wire ignition starting procedure. Sure, thieves will steal anything on wheels, but for the most part, the modern ignition set up sort of prevents that. The fast TV shows in action make it look easy, but it is difficult for anyone to keep the car running. the newer model ignitions make it a little more difficult to initially start any car with the wire ends.

    As much as we have all advanced in our daily drivers and for some, in hot rods, the key and starter button is and will be something that just goes along with the builds. A button on the key FOB to open the door, then another to start the car? Possible and could be the next round of experiments.
    Remember when some dealers had little electronic cards that they could stick into a slot to get the electrics to work, including the starter button? It was a fancy way of theft prevention, but it did have some value to the consumer that was not a key or starter button.

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