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Old 04-27-2009, 02:41 PM
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chevy starter, how to wire it?

I am working on a couple streetrods here and i am wiring them both now. I am not sure how to wire the starter? they are both smallblock chevy. I have never messed with any chevy starters before only chrysler ones. do they need a relay like the mopar or just wire up to the starter? I have aftermarket wiring kits for both but they are not detailed on the starters.

1. the first one has a 265 chevy with a mini starter looks like there is 2 heavy studs with nuts , one of them has a heavy black wire running inside the starter and a 3rd prong that is flat like a wire should hook to it.

2. the second car has a 305 chevy and what looks like it could be a factory style starter. it is bigger. one wire is still hanging on it from where it probably went to the battery it is red and heavy. looks like there may be 3 connections on it.

thanks,kenny

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Hope this helps,
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hi there

the wire from ignition switch for the solenoid goes to the small stud with S by it.
almost always purple color on most GM

all other wires go to the battery cable stud

if you have old points type ignition then you need to use the other small stud it is labeled R

run a small wire from it to the ign coil + stud. if you dont then it will not run because this is the full 12v feed to the points during cranking time only

never worked on an old chrysler starting system.

how is their starter wiring ?
i think there is usually a resistor for the ignition, on a ceramic bar, right?
for running resistance?

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the wire from ignition switch for the solenoid goes to the small stud with S by it.
almost always purple color on most GM

all other wires go to the battery cable stud

if you have old points type ignition then you need to use the other small stud it is labeled R

run a small wire from it to the ign coil + stud. if you dont then it will not run because this is the full 12v feed to the points during cranking time only

never worked on an old chrysler starting system.

how is their starter wiring ?
i think there is usually a resistor for the ignition, on a ceramic bar, right?
for running resistance?
This could be a little confusing. There is only one that goes to the battery and it is the large terminal on the back side of the solenoid, the front one that goes inside the starter...well... its already wired right. If you are using an HEI, you will not use the small stud on the left (outter side) of the solenoid. The inner small stud comes from the ignition switch and that is what turns the starter on when you turn the key to "start". Its very simple. No external solenoid needed!
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GM also used the large starter lug as a power distribution terminal, so you often find some extra wires connected there, with fusible links. On my truck the 10 gauge wire on the large lug provides the primary power to the fusebox and also the connection to the alternator to charge the battery.

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so basicaly run the hot wire to the big stud and the ignition to the smaller one and if it turns over its right?

chrysler has a starter relay usually on the inner fender that the hot wire goes to first
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so basicaly run the hot wire to the big stud and the ignition to the smaller one and if it turns over its right?

chrysler has a starter relay usually on the inner fender that the hot wire goes to first

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On a GM engine of this vintage the starter relay is mounted on the starter, so there is no separate relay on the fender. However, if you have problems with the starter because of exhaust header heat soak, a common fix is to switch to a remote relay.


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There is another way without cutting that fat battery cable. And installing that sh***y ford relay.

http://www.longislandchevelles.com/starter_mod.html
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