[tcb] Re: I'm thoroughly bummed... the 23 won't be at Nac

  • From: James Dwan <james_dwan_2000@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 08:57:16 -0700 (PDT)

The ignition switch is original. I think I'd rather get a new one instead of 
mounting a solenoid somewhere. I'd have to drill holes to mount it and  I'd 
like to avoid that. I suppose I could test the ignition switch with a muti 

'59 23 Window Deluxe
'73/'77 Westfakia 
'78 Super Vert

 From: w.wood <evil.scientist.boo@xxxxxxxxx>
To: tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2012 10:44 AM
Subject: [tcb] Re: I'm thoroughly bummed... the 23 won't be at Nac

not really however what you have to remember is that the solenoid in the 
starter has contacts and there has to be enough current to force the piston 
down in the magentic field.  Even with a new wiring harness in the bus, the 
current draw say through an old ignition switch from the back to the front and 
back again sometimes creates enough current loss that the solenoid doesn't get 
seated all the way when engaged.  That's why just using a generic solenoid, 
which is just a relay, cuts past this and gives a shorter path from the battery 
and hence more current to your starter solenoid.

On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM, James Dwan <james_dwan_2000@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I replaced the bushing and it did not come out again when  installed the old 
starter. I did notice that it is recessed by about a 1/16. Would that matter?
>'59 23 Window Deluxe
>'73/'77 Westfakia 
>'78 Super Vert
> From: w.wood <evil.scientist.boo@xxxxxxxxx>
>To: tcb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>Sent: Monday, March 26, 2012 9:33 AM
>Subject: [tcb] Re: I'm thoroughly bummed... the 23 won't be at Nac
>Get a 6v starter solenoid from a Ford.  Wire the small feed wire through it 
>from the battery lug.  Also if the bushing came out you probably have a bigger 
>problem.  Unfortunately with 6v you can't use the auto trans starter
>On Mar 26, 2012 9:22 AM, "James Dwan" <james_dwan_2000@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>It started last weekend and has now gotten worse. I had to get push started 
>out of a tire shop on Saturday and 
>> I thought I'd had it fixed yesterday but had to get push started out of a 
>>The starter won't turn. I removed the starter and figured the bushing was the 
>>problem again. The bushing came out with the starter. I put another one in 
>>and still nothing, I put in the old starter and after 5 attempts is started 
>>fine. Now nothing. Robb has suggested soldering the ends of the wires to get 
>>a good contact through the screw terminals on the ignition switch and 
>>headlight switch. I'm gonna try that tonight.
>>I am wondering if it is possible the 8v battery is wreaking havoc with the 6v 
>>switches? Has anyone had a bushing come out with the starter? I never had and 
>>am concerned about that as well.
>>'59 23 Window Deluxe
>>'73/'77 Westfakia 
>>'78 Super Vert

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