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Binkie posted 09-09-2006 10:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for Binkie   Send Email to Binkie  
I want to eliminate the keystarter on my antique outboard powered raceboat. I want a on-off switch for the ignition and a toggle switch for the electric choke, and another toggle switch for the starter. I remember doing this years ago, on an old pickup truck, but I can`t remember how I did it. The wires in my harness are: red-battery circuit, blue-ignition circuit, green-choke circuit, yellow-starting circuit, and black-ground. The other wires, tach,overheat,and charge will not be used, as there are no guages needed. The motor, an early `70s Chrysler 75hp, 3 cyl race motor, is forward all the time, no gearshift,(when it starts, your moving forward)
BTW, the boat is a restored class F, 14 ft. 190 lb DeSilva Racing runabout of the design used in the `50s and `60s.


Chuck Tribolet posted 09-10-2006 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I think you want push buttons for the starter and the
electric "choke" (usually actually a primer, not a choke).


Binkie posted 09-10-2006 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Binkie  Send Email to Binkie     
Yes, pushbuttons would be better, but I think harder to find, toggles where the toggle automatically returns would work.
andygere posted 09-11-2006 01:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
CH makes momentary on push buttons, which are available at West Marine and just about any other chandlery.
an86carrera posted 09-11-2006 08:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
Momentary toggles are available also. My 36' had push buttons to start engines, but a key for the ignition power.


Chuck Tribolet posted 09-11-2006 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
The push buttons will be less confusing. Until I labeled,
folks kept pushing the horn button to start the boat. Their
reactions were intersting.


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