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Old 01-05-2009, 05:53 PM
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Anyone with a 1988 Ford Truck with 351 out there?

This isn't a hot rod question per-se'. My poor grandad took the starter solenoid / relay off to replace it, and forgot which wires went where.

I'm needing to help him out with it and I can't find any resources on the net that show the diagram.

This is the little solenoid that is right by the batter bolted to the passenger fender.

Anyone help? Or could you take a picture of your stock truck and send to me?

Bless his heart... 84 and still tinkerin!

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front cable goes to battery, rear cable goes to starter... the only other wire you will have is the start wire. which goes to the "S" terminal.. if you touch a wire from the battery to that terminal, it will turn over.. the rear terminal marked "I" probably does not have anything connected to it.. the "I" terminal was only used for the 12v bypass for breaker points
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Then this is a different system. The solenoid has 4 connectoers on it. 2 large, 2 smaller.

There are a total of 5 or 6 wires (can't remember). There are 2 larger ones (hot and cold), 1 that is like a male/female connection and the other 2 or 3 are where I'm getting hung up on where they go. Wish I had a picture, but I don't.... and he lives an hour away from me.
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You apparently are talking about the wires that feed the power to the fuse block. They will go onto the battery cable post (large post toward battery). As I recall, the small "S" terminal should be on the same side of the solenoid that the large battery post is. The starter cable goes on the opposite large post by itself.
Just in case the solenoid does not have any markings on it, like the one on my Galaxie, if you look at the silver end of the solenoid with the 2 small terminals pointed up, the large battery post (and extra wires you spoke of) are on the left , the small starter wire is on the top left terminal, and the starter cable goes on the large right post by itself. Hope this helps.
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Yea, I think it does. I hope. Will be the weekend before I get the chance to mess with it again.

So, what about the little 2 posts? Does 1 of them not get any wires?
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Does it appear as the thumbnail below?
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Not 100% an exact match, but yes, very similar. He has 2 and even they don't look the same... the original one he took off is gone.... now just trying to piece the puzzle back together for him, and I don't want to fry the wires!
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he could have the newer solonoid, which does have 4 wires.. but my grandfathers '88 has the old solonoid, so that does not make sense. his '95 did have it... I had the newer solonoid on a Tempo that I had.. I have a Haynes manual somewhere for it, if I find it, I will scan the diagram for the solonoid.. there all wired alike, so it will be the same
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It looks very similar to the picture you sent, just the electrodes are not all in the exact same place I don't think. May be... will check this weekend.

I actually bought a book, either Chilton or Haynes, I don't recall. I didn't find it in there, but maybe I didn't look in the right spot. If you know where I might check again, let me know.

Again, thanks. My grandad will really appreciate us all!
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