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Hello. Welcome to Just Answer. Please allow me to assist you. A 79 V8? Wow. I have not worked on one of those in 20 years. What a rare car!
You can find them on ebay. I'm nostalgic.
Used to work on them a lot. Y'know, the Pacer was originally designed for a Wankel engine...
Now, to your problem.
Change the ignition switch under the steering column
I guess it never got that far. Too unconventional.
GM bailed out on the Wankel, AMC was going to buy them off GM
Under the steering coulumn?
Not the key switch, the key moves a rod. the rod connects to the ignition switch.
I know the one IN the column. But where is the one under?
the ignition switch probably has worn contacts, or it is broken
it is a rectangular device
Oh. That one. I did change that. Last year.
or the wires are burnt
OK. Now, the other questions.
where the wires connect, if they are even a teeny bit loose, the wires arc. the acrs burn the connector
the ignition switch powers the solenoid
If you have 583 amps in the battery, the solenoid passes 582 amps
I think the field wire is 14 gauge
what ampre switch?
The on off switch for the bypass.
You cannot bypass the solenoid.
It can be done with a simple pair of pliers, touching one handle end to one end of the solinoid and the other to the other end.
Yes, I have done that. The problem with inserting a switch is that same current will burn up the contacts in the switch, unless you can find an extremely heavy duty momentary on normally open pushbutton switch.
That is why they use the solenoid.
Now I want to run a 14 gauge wire into the car from the solinoid and operate it with a contact switch. I have a 50 amp switch. Would that be enough?
A quick peek at the Latest Grainger catalogue should give you a switch that will meet your idea
50 amps? Maybe.
wait a minute
Where might I find the Grainger list?
you want to use a switch like using pliers to jump the solenoid?
You need a switch capable of handling 500 amps
and not 14 gauge wire. the 14 gauge wire is what Activates the solenoid, mate, not to carry the the entire amp load
you need 6 gauge wire and a 500 amp switch
Can I find those at an electrical supply store?
Grainger will have them, most electical stores wont have them
the switch. Electrical supply houses will have the wire
If I run the wire to the terminal on the solinoid that operates it which terminal would that be?
run what wire to the terminal?
A hot wire operated by the bypass switch.
Personally, if I was going to bypass the ignition switch, I would run a momentary (your 50 amp switch will do fine) 12 volts from the fuse box to the Orange, i think, wire on the solenoid.
power the solenoid, let the solenoid do its job. I would not recommend running a switch between the battery and the starter.
Could it come straight from the battery?
12 or 14 gauge
Is there any kind of fuse involved?
I would recommend it highly, at least 30 amps
Is ther any thing else I should know?
Just be careful, wrap any open connection with tape to insulate it from a possible short circuit
Great. Well, thanks for your time.
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