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MG TD TF 1500 - convert from cable pull-start to starter button
|I would like to convert my TD engine starting syatem from the original cable pull-start to a more modern push button/starter solenoid system. I was thinking of using a Ford starter solenoid but I am unsure of the wiring. If someone would be so kind and provide a wiring diagram,I will be greatly appreciative. |
|Frank - Here is a diagram. Cheers - Dave
|To stay semi on-topic, I used a AH solenoid and mounted it in the same place as the pull-switch. It has a manual push, too, for turning it over from under the hood. Good luck. Oh, and I activate it from 2 series micro-switches hidden under but reachable easily from the front of the dash. They are rated at 5 amps and the solenoid coil draws less than that. Makes it hard(er) to steal.|
|...and an MGB solenoid works well ... mounted again, in the same location....|
|OTOH, there is no good reason that your pull switch cannot be used to trigger a modern solenoid. Keeps the period look and effect and eliminates most of the load on the original switch so that it will probably out-live both of us. |
David "intending to do this with my Bugeye" Lieb
|ok, i have to ask..why do people do this mod? the car, if tuned starts, literally, in less than three seconds. is this because of physical disability? regards, tom|
|Anyone got any nice pix of a starter button on their TD? Just curious.|
|Watch Gordon Lawson start his car with the pus button at|
|Mort TD 1851|
|New David Dubois fuel pump, pertronix ignition and plugs and the car starts just pulling the switch. takes about 1 second and car is running. no need for a push button. besides aint no thieves smart enough to figure out how to start the thing.|
|Tom Maine (TD8105)|
|"aint no thieves smart enough to figure out how to start the thing."|
Or to release the hand brake if they do accidentally start the engine :-) Cheers - Dave
|I like the cable & switch, but my wife wanted a starter button and I cleared everything off the firewall, also. Here's a picture of the starter button. It is tuced beind the two switches so it won;t get bumped when wifey whacks the horn button.
|Unique solenoid installation...|
It is an old Ford 6 volt solenoid with a built-in starter button.
Not all solenoids are created equal. This one has the 12V "hot" terminal (red wire) wired to the dash switch and the switch then grounds that terminal.
Used a couple of stainless T-bolt clamps and attached it right to the starter. I made strips of copper and a strip of stainless as a "buss" to the starter.
There's always the hand crank!
The Ford starter solenoid has two low amp terminals. Which of these do I connect to the push button switch and what, if anything, is connected to the other terminal?
This thread was discussed between 26/04/2011 and 29/04/2011
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