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Ignition Problem Solved On 1958 Chevrolet 2-Ton Dump Truck

W.A. Gibbs, Elmwood, Tenn.: "When I lost the ignition key to my 1958 Chevrolet 2-ton dump truck, I was able to come up with a simple, low-cost solution without ever touching the old ignition switch. It was a lot easier than putting in a new ignition switch, and cheaper.
   "The truck has an external resistor mounted separately on the engine firewall. I bought a heavy duty industrial type ignition switch which came with one ignition terminal and one battery terminal, and that's all I used from it. Starting from the battery side of the new ignition switch, I ran a no. 10 wire straight back to the battery. From the ignition side of the new switch I ran another wire straight to the feed-in side of the truck's ballast resistor.
  "I used the same idea on my 1961 Deere 1010 dozer, except that on the dozer I installed an extra switch. I still use both switches. With the original switch I had trouble burning up ignition points. Now the dozer doesn't burn points any more. Whenever I start the dozer I turn both switches on, because the old switch has a gauge on the dash that shows me the switch is on. Turning the old switch won't shut off the engine, but turning the new switch on will stop it.
  "I paid $16 for the ignition switch that I used on the truck and less than $25 for the switch that I used on the dozer. Now both vehicles start up like they were new."

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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #4