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Old 08-22-2008, 03:48:17 PM   #1
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chevy starter wiring

on a chevy starter there are 3 wires the batt cable, and 2 little wires. one close to the block and one on the other side. Which is the ignition switch? And the other is for the idiot light correct?
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kinda busy for a detailed explanation, but wiring diagram is here.. starter toward top middle of print..
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OK.. gotta minute..

large red and smaller red go to big bolt on solenoid... smaller wire yellow? is to energize the solenoid from ignition to start engine..
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My 2 cents, switch to a remote system. I don't like power at the stater full time & heat from headers can't get at it.

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OK.. gotta minute..

large red and smaller red go to big bolt on solenoid... smaller wire yellow? is to energize the solenoid from ignition to start engine..
hope that helps..

I have a MSD ministarter and it looks like only 2 wires will go to it. I know where the batt goes, it's just which small wire goes to the ignition on the MSD. SO I guess, which small wire is the ignition? The one closer to the block or the other?

MrDrag, My wiring skills are weak at best for now. I have about 9 other things I should be doing to the car. Remote starter/selonoid is in the future though.
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I have a MSD ministarter and it looks like only 2 wires will go to it. I know where the batt goes, it's just which small wire goes to the ignition on the MSD. SO I guess, which small wire is the ignition? The one closer to the block or the other?

MrDrag, My wiring skills are weak at best for now. I have about 9 other things I should be doing to the car. Remote starter/selonoid is in the future though.
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Old 08-22-2008, 09:58:09 PM   #7
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small post next to the block is the starter trigger wire. big post is battery cable and alternator charge wire. the outside small post next to the exhaust is for the 12v during cranking that went to the ignition coil on points to give 12v only during cranking.

then the main coil positive wire to the coil was resisted down to 5-7 volts or so,, either through a balast resistor or a resistor wire,, so as to not burn up the points so quickly,, like if you only ran 12v to them all the time. hope it helps.
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the outside small post next to the exhaust is for the 12v during cranking that went to the ignition coil on points to give 12v only during cranking.
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My wire on the outside of the starter is missing completely. What color should it be and where could I source it from, + or - side of coil. The car still starts ok whn cold, but once its warmed up, its harder to crank.

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My wire on the outside of the starter is missing completely. What color should it be and where could I source it from, + or - side of coil. The car still starts ok whn cold, but once its warmed up, its harder to crank.

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That doesn't have anything to do with how the starter is wired. Your timing is probably too far advanced, you have a weak battery, or the starter is not a high torque one.
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OK, Thanks for the help
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My wire on the outside of the starter is missing completely. What color should it be and where could I source it from, + or - side of coil. Thanks, Scott

the small outside post on the starter solenoid "is" the 12v source and it's wired from there to the 12v or + side of the externally mounted type coils in this use only. with h.e.i. or an ignition box,, it's not specifically needed unless the ign box mfgr says to. the negative side of the coil goes to the points/condensor.

the small outside post only energizes and sends out 12v's when the starter is triggered to crank. can't remember the color it's supposed to be. been to long since i switched it over to h.e.i. hope it helps.
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My 2 cents, switch to a remote system. I don't like power at the stater full time & heat from headers can't get at it.

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i totally agree, i had problems like that, sometimes i had to wait for an hour or so. I went to a remote solenoid and never had a problem again
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the small outside post on the starter solenoid "is" the 12v source and it's wired from there to the 12v or + side of the externally mounted type coils in this use only. with h.e.i. or an ignition box,, it's not specifically needed unless the ign box mfgr says to. the negative side of the coil goes to the points/condensor.

the small outside post only energizes and sends out 12v's when the starter is triggered to crank. can't remember the color it's supposed to be. been to long since i switched it over to h.e.i. hope it helps.
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so, with an HEI the smaller outer post is unused and the inner small post gets the 2 small wires, correct?

i need to hook mine up and forgot how they went.
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so, with an HEI the smaller outer post is unused and the inner small post gets the 2 small wires, correct?

i need to hook mine up and forgot how they went.

with hei,, you won't use the small outside post on the starter at all.

you'll also want to get a 10 guage wire with about a 10 amp fuse to power the hei. the original stock points power wire size isn't really big enough. it's pretty small,, and could be a factory installed "resister wire" in some cases where a ballast resistor wasn't used on a points application. if so,, that will choke back the voltage to the hei. you want full 12v to the hei coil.

the big battery post gets the alternator charge wire that goes to your alternator stud on back of the alternator,, And the main big battery cable. 2 wires to the big 3/8" threaded solenoid post.

the small inside post gets the wire that comes from your ignition switch. it's the one that will trigger the starter to crank when you turn the key to the full crank position. only one wire to the small inside post.
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Old 07-11-2009, 07:43:34 PM   #15
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Lightbulb so heres some pics

ok so here are some pics of the starter and the wires , the car is a 1974 camaro, with a 350sb. it came stock with a points type distributor and now has a Accel H.E.I. distributor.

Starter Pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

soooooo to get a better idea.... how would we set this bad boy up so it works??

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JSYK...the connectors were put on ass backwards... so the colors are reveresd for the correct wire thats connected to it...i.e. red connector =yellow wire, yellow connector=red wire..im know im a goof
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