I wish to relate a problem I am having with the new style ignition switch from a major street rod supplier. This is the switch that uses a key that looks like a real automotive key instead of a golf kart looking key. Before I actually started driving my 34 and after I had it wired with a Painless wiring harness w/ the new ignition switch I noticed a problem. Several times after turning to the start position then releasing to the run position the starter would stay engaged. There would commence several frantic seconds of working the ignition switch back and forth trying to get the starter to disengage. Eventually it would, though with some panic and effort. I called the supplier to report the problem and of course they had never heard of it before but agreed to send out a new switch. I installed the new ignition switch and have been driving the car for several months since. Today I'm driving along and I hear a noise from the engine compartment. I stop the car and turn the ignition off but the noise continues. I get out of the car and raise one hood panel to see the engine still turning over and the noise of a starter grinding away. Recurring memories of the last ignition switch problem flash before me. I jump back into the car and reach behind the console to unplug the ignition switch which immediately stops the noise.
Come Monday morning I will be going down to our local NAPA store and purchasing a good ole Echlin old style GM ignition switch. I am quite sure that if I called the supplier again to report the problem it will be like they heard it for the first time.
Update: Just noticed that the key I am using which is for the replacement ignition switch also fits the original ignition switch.....how convenient