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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 12th, 00, 4:23 PM Thread Starter
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I have just received my Engine harness in the mail for my 1969 350 Malibu. Everything is color coded and appears correct. I have one question - I have a mini-starter (with no wiring diagram) and the new harness has two wires for the starter, a large purple and a smaller yellow wire. How do I hook these up to the starter? I do not see any markings on the starter.
Has anyone used a new wire harness?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 12th, 00, 9:28 PM
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Its been a while but, if my memory is correct you only hook up the one wire as the 2nd one was used to supply full voltage to the coil. As there is a lot of current needed to engage the starter solonoid it is logical to be the larger purple wire. Now, I have only done this once and I had the instructions when I hooked it up so rememeber what you paid for this advice!
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Mini starter gets the purple, and Batt.

The purple is your start circut from your ignition switch (tells your starter to start)

The Batt supplies the starter with power to operate only.

The yellow wire is the topic of many posting in this forum, (do a search), but just to try and explain, read on.

In SOME cars the ignition switch does not provide power to the coil during the start mode, only in the run mode

Therefore, the coil needs power when you are cranking. The yellow wire was designed to go to the I terminal of the stock 3 lug starter and feed your coil with 12v. during cranking only.

The question is do you need that yellow circut. Check to see if your ignition switch is supplying power to your coil when the the key is in start and run if it is then you don't need to connect the yellow wire, tape it into the harness and you are done.

If your ignition switch does not give you power in start (like it did in my 67) then you have to get it power.

There are 3 fixes that I know of (and many that I don't Know)

1. Change Ignition Switch ( to a later year if possible)
2. Get a starter with 3 wire hook up
3. Use a Ford style remote solonoid, this will give you the I terminal for your yellow wire.

I chose #3 with my car because I needed the 2 lug mini starter for header and oil pan clearance. And It works great

Hope this helps, Rob

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