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1989 mustang ignition problems

The ignition in my steering column shorted out. After I replaced it I do not have any power (electrical current)..the horn headlights and electric fan are the only thing that works now. If the key has to be turned on for to get juice, the part does not work, fuel pump, radio, power windows etc...there were no burn wires under the dash or under the hood to be seen. all of the fuses in the fuse panel are good. what could the problem be?

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Check the fusible links on the starter solenoid

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