Now, several danger situations, when you touch the wire to battery it will arc when you touch it and when you remove it - MAKE SURE you battery isn't leaking, no gas fumes, NO flammables. Next, if there is a problem with the starting circuit or engine, which you know you have, the wire might get pretty hot. Only attempt to operate the redneck hotwire for 3 - 5 seconds and stop if the wire gets to hot. One more thing, if the vehicle is a standard then make sure it is in nuetral because when the engine starts turning the truck will move if it is in gear.
Lastly, turn the ignition key to the run position prior to attempting to hot wire, thus if the ignition switch circuit or start circuit is bad, then the truck will start and you'll have an idea where to head.
Almost forgot to mention, MAKE SURE you ground cable and connections are clean - remove and clean connections and make sure there are no breaks in the ground strap under the insulation (new ground cables are like $6).
To hot wire most anyhting all you need is a piece of #8 or #10 gauge wire. You need to attach it to the hot post on the starter , this is the same one as where the positive battery cable attaches. You can use a set of vise grips or put an 'alligator' clip on the end to attach to the starter, basically, whatever will work best. Then take the other end of the wire and touch it to the positive post on the battery. That is a 'redneck' hot wire.
You can also buy a switch made for this, it is called a remotoe srater switch' - google it. Check my next message before proceeding.
yo 64, it's me with the 88 chevy, still no bang. you mentioned how to hot wire from battery? Not to say i haven't heard of hot wiring but not in a manor other than damaging the rig, i'd love to figure out a way to get this beast on the road again, all help is gladly accepted. thanks a million