'81 ignition switch symptoms/ woes

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  1. spoonLT1355

    spoonLT1355 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    have you checked the fuse box for power to any of the fuses?
    You should have some that are hot at all times.
    Then try turning the ign on and see if you have power to any other fuses.

    The fusable links are on the starter lug, then go into the car. These are the ones you need to check.

    Do you have the wiring diagrams for your car??
    There are links in my signature for them also.
     
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    was just checking the diagrams for the 81, check to see if you have battery voltage at the back of the alt. It seems as though the fuseable links are wired into that red wire, not at the starter as I stated.
     
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    Wiil do, first thing tomorrow. Thanks again for your help. I've had (and still have) a bunch of second gen F-bodies, but maaan I hate electrical. It's just not my strong suit. Thanks for jumping in, your column thread was a great help for my first time in one- went really smoothly thanks to you!
     
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    Glad to be able to help when I can.
    Keep me posted as to your progress with this problem.
     
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    Wow, my last post on this was 11/15/09!

    Sorry to dig up my old thread, but have been working on other stuff, and finally got back to this one this morning.

    I finally found the problem. It was in the wires to the starter solenoid. They had fused together inside the short heat shield tube right next to the starter. Sorted and replaced them, voila! Hit the key, everything came up, and started right up. Hard to believe it sat almost a year, shame on me.

    Many thanks to SpoonLT1355 for his help and invaluable wiring diagrams.

    Now, out to the '81 - it was 72 degrees here today, time for a "tops out" joyride.
     
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    spoonLT1355 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    You sound like me, I had electrical problems in CARLISLE, and still didn't fix it yet !!!!
    One day, I will back the car out of the garage and fix it.

    Glad to have helped.
     

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