Originally Posted by NovatoriusRex
When hooked up/wired that way, isn't the Ford Solenoid a bit of overkill? Wired that way, just about any relay would be adequate, and probably cheaper.
The original question was:
"Does any one have a diagram or point me in the right direction on how to hook up a ford solenoid on a 63 nova"
If you can go to your local boneyard and get a nice one for $2, it sure beats Radio Shack, and you might find something else out there you can use. If you have a Bosch relay sitting around, wire it like this:
He goes on to say:
"Well my mini starter only has two(2) stubs... one for the battery and the other one for the ignition wire so I dont have the one from the (I) on the starter to the coil."
If it's presently working with the new starter, you don't need the third wire. Some ignition switches provide 12v to the ignition during the start cycle and some don't.
If you need the third wire, a Ford relay has the 'I' contact built in, so you just hook up your 'hot coil' wire to this point. This provides the full 12v for starting just like the terminal that's missing on the new starter.
With an MSD system, you would connect this wire in parallel with the small red wire that provides the 12v control voltage to the box. If it's a ready-to-run distributor, hook it in parallel with the main power lead.
In regards to jumping the GM solenoid and using the Ford relay to switch all the current, it's quite a bit more wiring and may cause the following situation:
Why does my starter seem to “run on” after the switch is released?
This is a common complaint on Ford permanent magnet starters, although it can occur on any permanent magnet starter in the right conditions. This situation develops when the ignition terminal on the starter is “jumpered” to the battery terminal on the starter and a remote solenoid is used. Permanent magnet starters can actually produce power if they are driven from an outside source (i.e. the starter will act like an alternator once the engine fires and starts spinning). The current produced in the starter for this second or so will flow from the starter’s battery terminal to the starter’s ignition terminal and hold the solenoid in. This will cause the one to two second delay in the solenoid release and an irritating noise. The solution is to wire the starter per the instruction sheet, which will ensure that the ignition switch terminal goes dead the instance the key is released.