61 Econoline Pickup Ignition Problem

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61 Econoline Pickup Ignition Problem

Post #1 by wdstylr » Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:11 pm

Hi Everyone

I'm new to the forum here and this is my first post. I have just acquired a 61 econoline pickup and am excited to get going on it. Had a hard time finding a good source of information but it appears I've found it here.

Anywho, I did try to search through the threads to find an answer to my particular problem and I can't seem to pin it down.

This truck still has the original 144 and 3 speed. The motor is free and it seems like it won't take much for me to get it running. I've built a few 200s and several sbf and sbc so I'm not a total newb but I'm not great with trouble shooting electric issues, probably lack of patience.

Ok, I digress, here is what I have going on. I have put a new starter and solenoid in the truck along with some new battery cables and cleaned up the grounds I could easily find. When I turn the key I'm getting nothing. No solenoid click, no starter noise, nothing at all. However, if I set a screw driver across the solenoid to "jump it" it will crank as long as I have the key turned to start, nothing if I dont. Also, once it starts cranking I can remove the screwdriver and it will continue to crank as long as I keep the key turned all the way over to start. As soon as a let go over key it quits cranking.

First I thought something was up with the wire from the ignition switch, but why would it continue to crank once I remove the screwdriver abd then stop when I left off of the key?

I'm not quite sure to go from here. I've replaced several solenoids and starters and am familiar with the "diagnostics procedure" for the common bad starter or solenoid, but have never encourage treed one with this unique switch problem.

Thanks in advance guys. I hope I'm not beating any other threads into the ground but I just can't seem to find one pertaining to this problem with the switch.

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Re: 61 Econoline Pickup Ignition Problem

Post #2 by Three6ty » Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:33 pm

If it was an original solinoid that was in there before you swiched it, then the new solinoids are wired backwards. Meaning the battery side and the starter side of the solinoids are switched from the original one. The small S and I terminals stay the same though.

I had the same problem when I replaced my solinoid.

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