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Ignition switch ground

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I just purchased a 65 Nova ( it ok guys, I have a 71 Elky also) It has a 327 & 4 speed. The previous owner mounted a ford starter solenoid up high in the engine compartment to try and cure hot starting from header heat. It works but he has a remote starter button hooked up to it and starts the car this way. Needless to say this is mickey mouse and I want to change it back to starting by the key switch. The switch has to be on anyway for the car to start (continue running) In looking at the ignition switch plug I noticed there is no ground wire on the ground pin connecter. Is this right? The wiring diagram manual shows a ground wire (dg, dark green?) I tried applying a ground jumper to the pin but it still would not start by the key. I've checked the ignition switch itself and it seems to be working OK ( continuity test of ign, bat and sol) I just want to get back to turning the key to start ( spring action in switch is ok and I get continuity from bat to sol when I turn it all the way to the right) Any help will be appreciated.

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IIRC, it doesn't matter what cable is hooked to either side, the solenoid just passes electricity and doesn't care which direction it goes, the ford solenoid is grounded internally, it may be an AMC solenoid which is grounded externally.

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