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new8
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Total posts: 42
posted May 07, 2002 08:26 PM
can someone explain how to wire the dist and the starter, so when i crank the engine then fires it up.i would to run a locked dist.

sideways
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posted May 07, 2002 09:43 PM
I can only assume you are talking about a chevy HEI.So I will take a stab at it.What I did was take a wire the same size as stock dist. power wire and connect one end to a batt. positive sorce(batt. post)and the other end to a on/off switch then on to the dist.Take the second wire from the batt. post to the pos. side to a push button momentary switch and then to the starter wire on the solenoid.hope this helps.I think some of these guys would have other ideas hopefully you will have a few to choose from.

racer17j
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posted May 08, 2002 12:45 PM UIN: 54865418
how do you have it wired now we always run with it so oyu can turn it over without firing do you have the ford type silinoid in the car now?

new8
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posted May 08, 2002 07:26 PM
quote:
Originally posted by racer17j:
how do you have it wired now we always run with it so oyu can turn it over without firing do you have the ford type silinoid in the car now?

i don't have anything because i'm just getting started, but yes i am going to use a ford soliend.a way to wire it up would be appericated very much. thanks in advance.

dode
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posted May 09, 2002 09:49 AM UIN: 13209501
Hmmm....interesting...some questions from a newbie...why would you need/want to turn the motor over without it firing? Doesn't that pump a bunch of fuel into the cylinders, or is that what you are after? Also, are you talking about taking the solenoid off of the chevy starter? Is this for heat reasons? Thanks.

John

racer17j
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posted May 10, 2002 03:43 AM UIN: 54865418
there are alot of reasons why you would want to turn it over without starting like setting valves,puting on belts, compression checks any time you want to turn the motor without worring about it firing. and no we are not taking the silinoid off the starter it's a relay actully. i wasd thinking about drawing up a diagram and submitting it to the tool box it's kinda hard to explain on here but i'll give it a shot any way

take your pos battery cable and hook it to the right side of the ford sil along with another wire witch will be your hot wire for your on/off switch then run a jumper wire from the hot side of your on /off to one side of your push button .then run a wire off the other side of the push button to the small post on the left side of the ford sil and then run a wire off the big post on the left side down to your starter this has to be a big heavy wire. on the starter you need to run a jump wire also from the big post to the small post closest to the block final part is run a good ground from the block to the frame. now it will turn over. now to get the power to the dist and your gauges just run a wire off the other side of your on/off switch and there you have it there will be now power to the hie untill you hit the switch and the starter is on it's own circit

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WesternAuto17
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posted May 10, 2002 01:26 PM
If you use a Ford solenoid, you have no electricity past the firewall unless the starter is activated. That way while you're motorin around and you're in a big ol' wreck and the header hits the starter (its happened to me), they'll be no short.

Also, the switch you use to power the distributor will be your kill switch.

Here's something else I just thought of. You can skip the wire going from the little post on the solenoid by putting a tiny jumper wire from the big positive post on the starter to the little post on the block side of the relay on the starter.

If you can follow 17j's and my posts, you're doing well.

Finally, the act of crankin the motor won't dump a ton of fuel into cylinders. I can't tell you why, but another post in this forum said its good to turn the motor over a few times before you flip the power on a locker distributor.

[This message has been edited by WesternAuto17 (edited May 10, 2002).]

DodgeBoy76
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posted May 10, 2002 01:54 PM
The bottom part of Western's post is so very true, I have seen guys at the track break the gear on the starter due to the fact that the ignition is on when they try to start it. So if you spin the motor over WITH OUT the ignition on about a couple 3 or four times then flip the igniton on it is alot easier on starters and flywheels, Ive also heard that doing that is easier on the bearings in the motor, but dont know for sure. I think Steve could tell you, the man is very smart in that department.

racer17j
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posted May 10, 2002 02:17 PM UIN: 54865418
thats right western you could run the wire like that myself i made a plate for the starter out of some old tin that way you don't have to worry about a wire breaking or shorting out on you and it's one less wire running tru the fire wall

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Racer14K
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posted May 11, 2002 03:53 PM
I wired mine this way just so I can get oil pressure up before I start the engine.
(I am not referring to priming the engine after a fresh build if anybody takes it that way, always use an oil pump primer for that.)

WesternAuto17
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posted May 13, 2002 08:59 AM
Why does cranking it a few times w/o power help the motor?

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