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81 Ford pickup starts while key is in start position, but dies when you release the key to run position.

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You're probably loosing power to the coil or the ignition module from the key switch. The ignition system gets power from the key switch in the on position, and also from the starter solenoid in the start position.
You may need to trace the wire from the module to the key switch and check that circuit.

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