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Old Nov 27th, 13, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Steering wheel Column Accessory switch

Hello everyone. I recently sold my 71 heavy chevy chevelle and bought a 1970 Chevelle SS clone. My question is is there suppose to be a spot on the column to be able to access the accessories mainly the radio? Reason why i ask is there seems to not be on on this column. I am almost positive on my 71 i could turn the key backwards (99.9%) and it would let me play the radio. I cannot turn the key backwards on this column??
I want to be able to listen to the radio without having this grown man under the hood running. How would i go about this maybe a toggle switch? Just a little more info i have an alarm, and when i turn to the first spot before firing the engine the fuel pump comes on. I would like to be able to listen to the radio with out the fuel pump coming on. Any suggestions? I appreciate all your comments

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Old Nov 27th, 13, 12:55 AM
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They all turn backwards. The ignition switch on the top of the column under the dash may need to be adjusted. You can also turn the key to the run position to power accessories. It does not have to be running.

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Old Nov 27th, 13, 5:53 AM
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They all turn backwards. The ignition switch on the top of the column under the dash may need to be adjusted. You can also turn the key to the run position to power accessories. It does not have to be running.
In the acc position, it does not put power to the coil/points. When you rotate the key forward and get idiot lights etc, it does put power to the coil/points and if they are in the right spot it can "weld" them shut. Not a good thing. Don't know if there is an ill effect with electronic ignition or not.
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Old Nov 27th, 13, 9:48 PM
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Re: Steering wheel Column Accessory switch

Agreed, you should be able to turn the key "backwards" for "ACC" position. Try carefully working the switch back and forth gently. It may just need to be exercised. If no-go, don't force it and it looks like you may be reinstalling the key tumbler assembly.

If the key physically does turn backwards, but you have no power to accessories, then the switch itself on top of the column (under the dash) needs adjustment.

Do not use the "on/run" position to run accessories. Even if you do not have "points" ignition, you waste a lot of current and can overheat devices because of all the ignition controlled circuits will power when you do this.

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Old Nov 29th, 13, 6:46 PM
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They all turn backwards. The ignition switch on the top of the column under the dash may need to be adjusted. You can also turn the key to the run position to power accessories. It does not have to be running.

I have actually been going over my 69 SS. I just turned mine backwards and got nothing but the Generator light turning on, when I try to start it, I get a click, and no radio.

How would one adjust or replace the ignition switch?

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Old Nov 29th, 13, 6:58 PM
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I have actually been going over my 69 SS. I just turned mine backwards and got nothing but the Generator light turning on, when I try to start it, I get a click, and no radio.

How would one adjust or replace the ignition switch?

Part I suspect that is faulty : http://www.ecklerschevelle.com/cheve...1969-1983.html
You have to carefully drop the steering column. The ignition switch is mounted ON TOP of the column. The switch is mounted so it can be slightly moved up or down (away from or closer to the steering wheel) for correct switching.

What you are describing may actually be other issues--like voltage drop. If you hear a "click", is it coming from your starter solenoid???

Seeing a dimly lit "GEN" light when the key is turned backwards in the "ACC" position is not abnormal.

I would do some voltage checks first. Do you have 12 volts going into the neutral safety switch or clutch safety switch when you HOLD the ignition key switch in the "crank" position???

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