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1973 ford pickup won't start.

I have 73 ford 3/4 ton with a brand new battery, starter , and solenoid and when I turn the key, I get absolutely nothing, not even a click. So, I cross the solenoid and make it do the work, it starts right up. So, I know it has to be electrical, because while the truck happened to be running, I needed to move it a little, I turned on the defrost, just messing around, and my truck died. So I cross the solenoid again, and tried it again, and the truck died. I need help trying to figure out where to start and how to look for this issue.

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Key switch is bad most likely

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