Foot Start...I do have the Switch/Tumbler/Keys in hand but not ready to install as my only goal right now is to get the first start, and then I plan on covering with a tarp until Spring...truck is stored outdoors and I won't have anymore time to devote to it this year. I do intend to convert to 12v next Spring/Summer in preparation for a modern V8 at a later time (another reason I don't want to buy a 6v battery). Is the Ignition Resistor and 12v Coil really necessary if I disconnect the 12v starting source as soon as the engine starts ?? I do appreciate all the feedback from everyone as it has been very helpful...this is the first 6v vehicle I've dealt with. What is the need for the Foot Switch w/ Side Terminal ?
I don't know about disconnecting the 12V jump upon startup and running the motor. The charging system will have to be disconnected. Also the points may burn before you do whatever you are going to do.
The side terminal allows a normal 12V conversion system to max the voltage to starter and points during start, then when foot is lifted, reduce the voltage, thru the ballast, to the points.
I just know what works to get you started. Any other sketchy idea is up to you. A 6V battery will be the cheapest and easiest way. Find someone with a tractor or older truck to borrow the battery. Lord knows you are in the middle of tractor country.