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Turning key does nothing ,not even a click. Battery tests 12.5 volts. I installed a new ignition switch, no help. I touch both lugs on regulator and engine turns over with key on. I think it has to do with clutch brake pedal. .

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Or it could be one of the many other safety wires like the deck lever try pulling back on it and see what happens

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