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Old 11-12-2018, 11:47 AM   #1
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In the latest issue of The Restorer Magazine,there is an advertisement for a push button starter for the Model A. My Victoria has the Ken Davis A/C. The A/C unit blocks the starter button, and makes it difficult to reach the starter button! Has anyone used the No-Foot-Starter? It looks promising! I know it's not what Henry designed, but it would work for me! Thanks, Fred
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Old 11-12-2018, 12:31 PM   #2
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There is two ways you can go with this one way is to wire it up like the later model V8 with a solenoid the other way is that starter adapter that attaches to your spark advance lever it's pretty much a bolt on I will look in the Snyder's catalog and give you a parts number

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Just put in a solenoid then you just push a small button.
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There is two ways you can go with this one way is to wire it up like the later model V8 with a solenoid the other way is that starter adapter that attaches to your spark advance lever it's pretty much a bolt on I will look in the Snyder's catalog and give you a parts number

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It's called a Sparky start a one one 384 this is at Snyder's I got mine through eBay a little cheaper

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Just put in a solenoid then you just push a small button.
Jack, I was thinking about doing what you suggest . I like this because you can use your exsisting cables! And you don't have to drill a hole in your dash.
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Old 11-13-2018, 06:26 AM   #6
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You do have to modify your starter post to attach a cable to it. Better have a starter guy do it. Good luck.
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:06 AM   #7
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I have the one that attaches to the spark lever and it has worked great for years. I put it in because at age 82 I couldn't push the foot starter button any longer. Jack
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:55 AM   #8
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I got a tractor solenoid and a push button from ebay. I also got the needed cables there also. I reversed the started switch contact so it was always making contact. It works great.
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Old 11-16-2018, 10:26 AM   #9
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What issue? What page?
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:35 AM   #10
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Here's a link. https://trisisdesign.com/
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Old 11-16-2018, 01:30 PM   #11
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How long has this been out? Looks like it would work pretty good.
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Old 11-16-2018, 04:08 PM   #12
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These show up on Epay fairly often.
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Old 11-16-2018, 07:29 PM   #13
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Have you considered these:

https://www.snydersantiqueauto.com/up-start

Not a solenoid. But hand operated starter switch.
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:26 PM   #14
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My starter works by pulling on a cable under the dash. That activates a lever on the starter switch to make the contact. It must be something aftermarket but it is the only one I have seen.
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Old 11-17-2018, 11:24 AM   #15
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Industrial Model A and B engines in 30's - combine, welders, water pump, sawmill used cables on starters. My Model B Diamond block had one with a governor.




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In 1932, they used a pull cable. You could rig up a cable on your steering column pretty easily with the 1932 switch.



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1933-34 starters on their 4-cyl. cars had a remote switch similar to a solenoid, but foot operated. Those starters can be connected with a modern solenoid and either button operated or via a key-switch.
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In the latest issue of The Restorer Magazine,there is an advertisement for a push button starter for the Model A. My Victoria has the Ken Davis A/C. The A/C unit blocks the starter button, and makes it difficult to reach the starter button! Has anyone used the No-Foot-Starter? It looks promising! I know it's not what Henry designed, but it would work for me! Thanks, Fred
Haha, Neither is an A/C... Just sayin'
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I am using a key-switch starter that utilizes a solenoid. It was a kit I bought from Merle's Garage in Parker, TX. The kit included all the necessary cables and wiring. Switch fits the regular Model A instrument panel, no holes to drill anywhere.
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It was a kit I bought from Merle's Garage in Parker, TX.
Interesting! I've been to his shop to do some work on an A and had no idea he was selling those kits. Good to know!
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