General Ford Question (old generation)

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General Ford Question (old generation)

What side of the starter selonoid does the postive battery cable go on? (the firewall side or the headlight side)

My educated guess is the firewall side but unsure and I know there's a ton of talent here who knows for sure.

Its a '67 Mustang but Ford used this setup for over about 30 plus years.
 
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been years since I worked on one but if I remember right solenoid will not operate if cable connected backward. I think battery side is closes to battery.
 
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The cable will not cross in front of the solenoid.

Battery goes to the closest, or headlight side.
 
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Yep, from the video and pictures I've taken at car shows the positive battery cable goes on the battery side/headlight side of the selonoid.
 
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with a 3 terminal solenoid:

it doesn't matter as long as you have the correct aux wires with them on the same side as the larger wire they are correctly associated with.

with a 4 terminal solenoid:
I'm still looking, I keep finding conflicting info.

Hey guys,

what happens if somebody puts the solenoid on upside down from what you are thinking?
 
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best I remember, I had a 66 Mustang, there would be 4 wires:

2 large wires:

1 from the battery and to the car feed
1 to the starter motor

2 push on wires, 14 gauge or so:

1 to the ignition switch
1 ignition resistor bypass

The solenoid needs to be grounded to work.

I have never seen one mounted upside down.
 
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Originally Posted by aandpdan View Post

I have never seen one mounted upside down.
You have never worked with me. It doesn't matter which way it is mounted.



1 to the ignition switch
1 ignition resistor bypass
yes but which is which?

S

I

those do make a difference.


S= switch (control)

I= ignition (feed back to the bypass resistor)

the battery should be connected to the large terminal closest to the S term.
 
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Well, it turns out that I had the smaller wires on the wrong side of the seloniod and caused the engine to crank as soon as I put the key to the run position.
Thought that I had a bad wire in the harness shorting to ground......after a couple of days of tracing wires I discovered the correct wire in the circuit that energizes the starter and it goes from the ignition switch to the nuetral safety switch.
I even thought of this first but discounted it.
All along the nuetral safety swicth was bad so I jumped it and she roared to life..........sounds great for a 42 year old 289.
This is the first time I've ever heard it run.
Bought it 10 years ago and I've been rebuilding the body from the ground up since.
 
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