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Wiring for MSD searter on small block chevy with MSD distributor

If you put key on run it engages starter. I need to know what wires do or don't go to the small terminal?

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  • r_linder Nov 23, 2008

    Please send answer direct to This is for my race car (drag), I appreciate your help'



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This is simple but if i post an answer their will be every boy racer out their nicking an older car that doesnt have a key sensitive immobiliser.if you dont know call out a mobile mechanic

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  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland Nov 23, 2008

    tried to send e mail but it wouldnt go something about not available ,well on the back of ignition switch you should have 4 connections or wires ,use a light to test for which one is positive feed ,found it good now turn switch to aux position and you should find a feed ,which turn on and off with key.well as its for racing ignore this as you have no radio,turn key to run position and you should have a feed this is the feed for the ignition and somehow your starter wire is connected to this as well .now turn key and hold in start position and find the connection with the feed ,let key drop back to run position just to check light goes out .now connect your starter wire to this connection and off you go .if you win a race send me a picture


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