[Spridgets] 72 Midget elec woes
spritenut at comcast.net
Mon Jul 13 18:47:57 MDT 2009
I am working on swapping everything from 1 Midget to another, one was
built 10/71, the other 4/72 so the wire harnesses are identical.
No dash in it yet but I popped the drivetrain in it yesterday and wanted
to see if it ran. He did drive the rust bucket over here so I knew it
ran but now the drive train is in the
71 tub with a 71 harness.
I just hooked up the alternator (Lucas) and the plug fit. Hooked the
tach wires together, hooked up the coil and solenoid and plugged in the
wires from the key switch to the harness. Nothing else but the oil gauge
is hooked up, dash board is across the garage.
I turned the key and it fired right up, ignition light went out as it
should and it shut off with the key as it should.
10 minutes later I hear the fuel pump ticking, the ignition light is on
and the key is off.
Key out, light still on, light stays on until I start it and it goes out.
So where is my short that showed up after a few minutes?
I unplugged each wire from the key switch, the light stayed on! I had to
pull the secondary brown wire off the solenoid to kill the ign light.
Even the heavy primary brown wire on the solenoid did not kill the ign
Now none of this was going on when I was hooking up the few items to get
it to fire. And did not happen for the 20 minutes I was messing with
stuff starting it, turning it off, etc.
I am thinking a short in the alternator?
What do you guys think?
Toms River, NJ
My own Fleet of Sprites
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