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DeVilliers

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Push start button
« on: March 17, 2020, 07:51:30 AM »
Hi all,

I'm still a long way off electrical, so just fishing.

Since I'm not going with a fully original restoration, I've already ordered digital guages from Intellitronix for my car (red led).
Now I'm thinking I'd like to add "push start". Would this be possible? Is it possible on an old 350 chevy motor?
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Re: Push start button
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2020, 11:02:12 AM »
If said Chevy motor is fuel injected.  The to make a push button that you have to hold until it starts though (for carburated engines).
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Re: Push start button
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2020, 05:58:34 AM »
Why? Even with all the effort, then what?

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Re: Push start button
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2020, 06:28:22 AM »
Why? Even with all the effort, then what?

a good question..... one extra turn of the key is al it takes :)

It's a "nice to have".
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Re: Push start button
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2020, 07:12:55 AM »
You could always go with a starter like they used in the 50's, and have the switch hooked to your accelerator pedal. Press it all the way to the floor to start the car.
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Re: Push start button
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2020, 08:04:41 AM »
When I built my Maverick the push button start was popular. It is a carb car, really no difference if it’s EFI or carb. The way I set it up is it still has a key to unlock the steering and turn power on. The start button only starts the car, the two wires that engage the starter relay are moved from the key plunger switch to the push button. Very easy to wire up or change back if you want. I have a Honda S2000 button.

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Re: Push start button
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2020, 11:16:22 AM »
I had a buddy with a similar setup in a 77 f150 except he hid the button behind the kick panel on the drivers side so he just had to turn the key on then press the panel for start. Kind of a redneck anti theft system I guess.
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Re: Push start button
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2020, 06:51:14 PM »
There's two types here. Push to start and a starter button.  Can't use a push to start system on non EFI, you can use  starter button on non EFI. My old J10 jeep had a push starter button because the switch in steering column went out.
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Re: Push start button
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2020, 12:40:05 AM »
You could always go with a starter like they used in the 50's, and have the switch hooked to your accelerator pedal. Press it all the way to the floor to start the car.

I like it!
This could also act like an anti-theft device.

Please tell me more if you can, but I'll hit Google as well.
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Re: Push start button
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2020, 12:43:08 AM »
When I built my Maverick the push button start was popular. It is a carb car, really no difference if it’s EFI or carb. The way I set it up is it still has a key to unlock the steering and turn power on. The start button only starts the car, the two wires that engage the starter relay are moved from the key plunger switch to the push button. Very easy to wire up or change back if you want. I have a Honda S2000 button.

Tom H

This is exactly what I want to do. as I said.......just for the "nice to have" aspect.
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Re: Push start button
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2020, 07:41:06 AM »
Do a youtube search for 'starting a 1955 buick'. There is also a good explanation of how it works on the AACA/forums website. It says its a rather simple procedure but it sounds complicated to me. I dont think that particular setup would work with a 'modern' motor but  I am sure something similar can be had. The Ford Model A also had a floor mounted push button starter, but it was a bit more obvious.
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https://forums.aaca.org/topic/57498-what-years-buick-used-switch-under-accelerator-pedal/
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Re: Push start button
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2020, 01:17:34 PM »
if you're willing to keep the key on/off and hold the button until it starts, then it's outrageously simple.  It couldn't be more simple.  You simply power the starter solenoid from the push button switch.  If you want it to do more than that, you'll need more stuff.

American cars went through a starter pedal phase, but the purpose of that really was to push the bendix into the flywheel with your foot.  In the very late 50s/early 60's, some cars would start if you stepped on the gas.  So they had a relay that disabled that when the car was running.

I have read that the '57 Eldorado Brougham would restart itself if it stalled in traffic, but I'm not sure whether any Eldorado Brougham ever actually stalled.
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Re: Push start button
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