Does this side of the starter solenoid switch to positive 12 volts when the key is applied to the start position?
Its a late model, 1985 Mustang or similar. I purchased the engine and had it rebuilt before putting it in the Ranger. That starter I crossed referenced for is for a 5.0L Mustang. I don't believe it had an internal solenoid, but I can't be 100% on that.
One other thing that may help. When I got in it today to test the ignition switch I noticed when I switch to the accessory all my gauges come on, but my radio did not. After pulling the radio I discovered the fuse on the back was blown. I replaced it, but the radio still doesn't function. The ignition switch seemed to be fine. It switches through all functions correctly, but I did not test it with the voltmeter.
Testing the red with light blue stripe wire out at the solenoid will tell you if the ignition switch is working as to power the solenoid. I would really like to see the outcome of that.
I will take care of that tomorrow then. The radio attempts to power on, but it acts like it doesn't have enough power. Is it possible these two problems are related?
I understand this is not recommended, but I did infact try that this morning. My result was the main battery wire trys to arch itself with the primary starter wire. It did not engage the starter. That leads me to believe it is infact the starter.