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Technical Remote/Under Hood Starter Button?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RMONTY, May 8, 2019.

    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
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    I searched around but didn't find anything of interest. Has anyone installed any sort of starter button in their engine compartment for convenience? If so, do you have pictures of your setup? It seems like it would be real handy when tuning and working alone. And it would save a screwdriver! I was thinking of installing one for my 235 that is going in my Sedan Delivery.
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  2. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
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    oldiron 440

    I've got one with alligator clips on about three feet of wire. Great for adjusting valves.
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  3. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
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    from Iowa

    We always had a race car style starter button mounted on the firewall, dead center left/right, on all our race cars. Let me adjust the valves or start the engines unassisted. Nothing fancy, just a weather tite push button where it was easily reached.

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  4. miker98038
    Joined: Jan 24, 2011
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    The problem with a permanent one under the hood is some idiot is going to push it. Either when the engines running, or when the car’s in gear. Probably when you’re in front of it. Neat idea, maybe on a race car. I’d at least have a switch in front of it.
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  5. mohead1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2013
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    I bought a remote starter switch/button many many years ago....maybe a Craftsman. Long lead...alligator clips...trigger type button. Excellent for bumping engine over for valve adjustment, leak-down testing, and other assorted things. Very handy
    Looks like this one (without going out to shop to take a pic) which is an Actron from Sears

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  6. dwollam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
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    My '40 Ford still has it's original starter button on the solenoid. My Avatar has one too, installed in 1958.

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  7. Remote starters are inexpensive and convenient. I've had this one for so long I can't remember just how much I did pay for it. 20190509_050216.jpg
  8. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
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    Some Studebakers had a remote start on the solenoid. Prob the same as the above Fords. You need to be careful as they bypass the neutral safety switch and you can't depress the clutch pedal from under the hood! Cars start on the first revolution when they are in gear!
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  9. Some of the cab over Mitsubishi trucks had them for maintenance purposes, they were somewhat hidden, you had to look for them. Very handy, but YOU had to make sure the truck was not in gear.

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  10. egads
    Joined: Aug 23, 2011
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    These work well--[​IMG]
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  11. RMONTY
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    That is a slick little setup.
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  12. khead47
    Joined: Mar 29, 2010
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    As oldolds said, get an aftermarket ford type solenoid with a button.
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  13. boltupal
    Joined: Dec 27, 2010
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    from western ny

    I had a mid 1970s caprice it came with a factory underhood starter button.
  14. Sod Buster
    Joined: Feb 28, 2019
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    Sod Buster

    Button on the bottom of the solenoid of my 47.

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  15. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 7,427

    from Michigan

    Good idea. I like the Ford solenoid button. Didn't even know there was such a thing.
    How about a switch for the ignition too.
    Run both ignition and starter button through the neutral safety switch for safety.
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  16. dwollam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
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    Having to go inside the car to turn on the ignition switch is a good safety thing to also make sure it is not in gear, unless of course you want to start it in gear and run through your garage or the neighbors dog or something. :)
    In all the years we've had the '40 I have never hit the solenoid button while in gear but I do have a hammered out dent in an otherwise perfect grille center bar on my '51 Coupe where I bumped the key start and hit a boat trailer. Years ago.....
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  17. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
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    Rusty O'Toole

    I've got one I made in the sixties, consists of a pushbutton and 2 wires with alligator clips stuck in a bicycle handgrip. Useful for doing tuneups, bumping the starter when adjusting valves and first starts.
  18. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
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    from landis n c

    When using a remote starter switch why don't we all take time to raise the rear tires off the ground with jack stands when we are working by ourselves. I just thought of this...…...
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  19. RMONTY
    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
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    Probably a really good idea. I work alone and sometimes have to take a step back and say "is this a smart thing to do with no one around?" 99% of the time when I ask myself this, whatever that task is waits until I can get a buddy to come by to assist.
  20. RMONTY
    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
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    The 235 doesnt require a remote solenoid as the starter has one on it. The Sedan Delivery has a start button on the dash, so I will probably find a place to mount a button and wire it in parallel to the start button on the dash.
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  21. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
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    Back in my circle track days we had a remote start button, with a separate ignition off/on switch beside it. Sometimes you wanted to crank the motor without having a hot ignition, and sometimes you wanted a hot ignition with out cranking the motor.
    None of my current stuff has an under hood button. Gene
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  22. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    I've seen them on a couple of race rigs where you had to run the valves all the time. Wished I had had one on my 57 Panel with a 327 and Engle solid lifter cam and my 48 when I had the 283 with the 30-30 cam in it.
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  23. I bought a timing light setup from JC Whittney in the late '60s that came with a remote starter button. It was like 7 or 8 bucks plus shipping from them back then. It was basically like you describe looked like a bicycle hand grip with a push button switch and a couple of wires with a alligator clips.

    I have used the Ford solenoid with the push button before and if I recall I worked on an AMC that had that same basic setup before.
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  24. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
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    Had one since the early 70s, two leads & a squeeze type grip, still got it. A 'must have' if you're a solid lifter kinda guy who usually works alone. :cool:
  25. I just remembered, coach buses used to have a “rear control panel” in the engine compartment. These often had an engine compartment light, ignition switch, oil pressure gauge, and remote starter button. Very helpful for doing tune ups on old Jimmy Diesels. Of course these predated the advent of the idiot proof shit. These were the days where if YOU failed to make sure the coach was in neutral, YOU were the f&$king moron, not the bus builder.

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  26. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
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    from Nicasio Ca

    I was having starting issues on my Chevy daily awhile back, and ran an extra wire from the S term on the solenoid next to the positive cable up to the battery for testing. Just touched the wire to the positive terminal to start it. It's still there... Getting an alligator clip on that terminal with headers is a bear.
  27. japchris
    Joined: Apr 21, 2001
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    from England

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    Yes cars start in gear the first revolution. I had that happen to me years ago. I had just installed a rebuilt engine in a Ford pickup . I always used a remote starter, that way if I had to move the distributor to make it run right I wouldn't have to get out of the vehicle. This engine I had everything set perfectly, and started right up. I swore it was in neutral, but it wasn't. I had a helluva time getting it shut off. Needless to say the service manager wasn't too happy with me, because of the damage to the truck
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  29. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
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    from Nicasio Ca

    That's neat! 6 volt only?
  30. For you nervous Nellie types :

    It’s possible to energize the starter without ignition power - it will not start.

    It’s possible to energize starter thru the neutral safety switch - starter will not energize

    It’s equally possible to energize both the starter and ignition system while bypassing the neutral safety switch and run yourself over, take down a wall in the garage and leave one hell of a mess for someone else to clean up while you’re in the hospital.
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