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Foot Pedal Ignition #90103 Mon Sep 10 2001 02:59 PM
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bluebird Offline OP
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I am not quite ready to dive into putting things back in my 1st ed. 3/4 ton GMC but I am deffinitely going to go back to the floor mounted foot pedal ignition when I do. In the mean time, I thought I better educate myself on the topic. Has anyone put one of these in? Is there a diagram available explaining the mechanics of the device and how to wire it up? Any help that you may be able to provide would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Tom
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Re: Foot Pedal Ignition #90104 Tue Sep 11 2001 12:14 AM
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Curly Offline
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Tom
I havent seen one of these in a looong time, but if what you are talking about is the floor mounted starter, it is mechanical, not electric. Stepping on teh starter button moves a lever that closes contacts in the starter motor itself. The only wire is the battery cable that goes to starter.

Re: Foot Pedal Ignition #90105 Tue Sep 11 2001 01:46 AM
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49Brian Offline
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I still have the original foot pedal in mine and it works great. Let me know if you want pictures and i'll e-mail them to you.
Brian Davis '49 3/4 ton


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Re: Foot Pedal Ignition #90106 Wed Oct 10 2001 05:34 PM
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Wally / Montana Offline
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Foot pedal starters are great. You can put on your seat belt while starting the truck!


1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet

27 Years of Daily Driving. Now with a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
Re: Foot Pedal Ignition #90107 Wed Oct 10 2001 06:56 PM
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Splashoil Offline
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Yeah the pedal is the ultimate retro. Many do not even know what it's for. This should have been there for manual tranny's through early '55. Hydramatics came with the push button and solenoid. Mechanical is the way to go! You will need to make sure your bell housing has the taps, etc., to mount the setup. Best to hit the wrecking yard. Should be easy to find.

Re: Foot Pedal Ignition #90108 Wed Oct 10 2001 07:20 PM
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I have seen them in Task Force trucks through '59 smile .


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Re: Foot Pedal Ignition #90109 Thu Oct 11 2001 05:12 AM
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brsdb3381 Offline
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Push Starters were standard equipment on 6 cyl through 59. V8 had electric starting in 55, I think?? I know they were all electric in 60, also the first year of manditory seatbelts and turnsignals.
hope it helps
Brad smile smile

Re: Foot Pedal Ignition #90110 Thu Oct 11 2001 06:38 AM
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dabrick Offline
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Think of it as a anti-theft device, even if they can get juice to the coil if theycan't handle four pedals your dead in the water.


dabrick
'53 piwagon "I built it myself"
Re: Foot Pedal Ignition #90111 Sat Oct 27 2001 05:35 AM
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Jim Bow Offline
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I take my 59 to a quickie lube (I don't have a garage). They almost always have to come ask me how to start it.
Now, if it only had a cup holder.


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Re: Foot Pedal Ignition #90112 Sat Oct 27 2001 04:17 PM
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Wally / Montana Offline
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When I took my '48 to the glass shop, it wasn't the foot starter that fooled them, it was the "on" position of the ignition switch. They thought all-the-way to the right was on (instead of straight up) and wore down the battery!


1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet

27 Years of Daily Driving. Now with a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
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