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I'll tell ya, I *hate* electrical stuff! I hope you guys can help me.

Last night, we decided to adjust valves. While jogging the motor, it kept turning. We decided to change the ignition switch. Got a new one at the auto parts store (BWD Company switch). Put it in and everything worked fine. Took the car out last night and cruised it for a couple hours, no problems, started numerous times correctly.

This morning I pulled the car out of the garage to clean some. When I fired it up again this evening to put her to bed, a giant plume of smoke came out of the dash.

More investigation showed that the wire going to the terminal marked "Batt" on the switch had the insulation completely fried off of it. The switch has a piece inside that's loose (if you shake it you can hear it). I'm guessing that the switch went bad right away. Is this a valid assumption? Nothing else changed and this electrical system has been working fine for years with no changes.

I'm a little afraid to mess with the wiring much and am hoping it's just a bad switch that I can replace. Anyone else see this before, or have any tidbits of info that might get me back in running order? It's a stock 67 Chevelle starter switch(non-tilt wheel).

Thanks much!

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Jeff Kinzli
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Perhaps. It's hard to say on this side of the screen. There are terminals in the switch, that do go to ground, if this is an idiot light car. They are the green wires for the temp sender.
For the switch input wire (Red) to burn out like it did, it went hard to ground. You might try replacing the burnt wire and the switch. Disconnect the battery and turn the switch to on. Measure between the red wire and the green wires. See if it is hard shorted before you hook the battery back up.
Santa Cruz is pretty cool BTW.
 

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Thanks for the help John. After I did some more looking, I see the problem - the starter solenoid wire came loose and touched the header and shorted to ground through the block I assume. Regardless, I'll be running a new wire from the switch to the starter now and this time it'll be pulled away from the header and insulated better


Yes, Santa Cruz is a fun place, but too many tree huggers and pro-crime politicians.


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Jeff Kinzli
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Hippy, Derelect and Socialist capital of the world - Santa Cruz, CA
'67 Blown Chevelle
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