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Old 12-16-2008, 01:48 PM   #41
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Time for a push button start...
I'm going to have to agree with you. I will probably retain the key function, since it goes from off to on just fine, but the start part is very finicky.

I also have to bypass the neutral safety switch and inturrupt that fuel pump/turn signal battery drain. So I might as well do all that junk!
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I'm going to have to agree with you. I will probably retain the key function, since it goes from off to on just fine, but the start part is very finicky.

I also have to bypass the neutral safety switch and inturrupt that fuel pump/turn signal battery drain. So I might as well do all that junk!
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I'm going to have to agree with you. I will probably retain the key function, since it goes from off to on just fine, but the start part is very finicky.

I also have to bypass the neutral safety switch and inturrupt that fuel pump/turn signal battery drain. So I might as well do all that junk!
Lemme know if you need any of that help stuff you hear about. I still have a switch left over I think ($2.00 savings!!)
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Lemme know if you need any of that help stuff you hear about. I still have a switch left over I think ($2.00 savings!!)
Ditto on that JK. I am here if you need a hand.
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Yeah the early keys were junk. I think you can get take all the key cylinders out of a c900 and put those in to get a stronger key.
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:58 PM   #46
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Yeah the early keys were junk. I think you can get take all the key cylinders out of a c900 and put those in to get a stronger key.
Oh thank god. Now I almost wish I had not sold that whole set of keys and locks that I had been keeping around for a rainy day...damn. Oh well, I'm sure I can find a set at a junk yard.
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Yeah the early keys were junk. I think you can get take all the key cylinders out of a c900 and put those in to get a stronger key.
even on the early cars? I know my 73 has the totally weird single cut keys in it, never checked to see if I could put the newer ones in. Mine oddly still has the original steel key, though its developed a hairline crack where the cut part meets the head .

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I'm going to have to agree with you. I will probably retain the key function, since it goes from off to on just fine, but the start part is very finicky.

I also have to bypass the neutral safety switch and inturrupt that fuel pump/turn signal battery drain. So I might as well do all that junk!
That's what I did to the Z.

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I know my 73 has the totally weird single cut keys in it, never checked to see if I could put the newer ones in. Mine oddly still has the original steel key, though its developed a hairline crack where the cut part meets the head .
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Strangely enough, the original owner of my 73 had the door locks replaced with M74-80 96 push buttons with very similar looking keys to that of a later 99 or 900. The keys are still made by ASSA instead of YMOS, though.
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I know you can switch ignition for sure if you switch out the housing because that what we did to the race car when switching a 1990 housing to a 73 housing.
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Adding the starter button also corrects the inherent 99 ignition wiring trouble that causes the car to occasionally not want to start when hot. Just be sure to remember, if you bypass all the wiring you can hit the "start" button at any time regardless of ignition position and it will try to start. Especially bad if you have no E-brake, cause you will be parking in gear for sure.

You may think it's silly, but I have accidentally hit my 79 99's "start" button more than once when I was fiddling around with stuff in the car. Parked in gear, car off and it takes off rolling for a few feet. it is quite startling!
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:45 AM   #52
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Adding the starter button also corrects the inherent 99 ignition wiring trouble that causes the car to occasionally not want to start when hot. Just be sure to remember, if you bypass all the wiring you can hit the "start" button at any time regardless of ignition position and it will try to start. Especially bad if you have no E-brake, cause you will be parking in gear for sure.

You may think it's silly, but I have accidentally hit my 79 99's "start" button more than once when I was fiddling around with stuff in the car. Parked in gear, car off and it takes off rolling for a few feet. it is quite startling!
Get one of those switches with the red flip over cover, like a helicopter cockpit, or nuclear command station.
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Get one of those switches with the red flip over cover, like a helicopter cockpit, or nuclear command station.
That was exactly what I was thinking
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It's that extra level of protection, like the switch is saying: "Are you really sure you want to start this SAAB?"
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Adding the starter button also corrects the inherent 99 ignition wiring trouble that causes the car to occasionally not want to start when hot. Just be sure to remember, if you bypass all the wiring you can hit the "start" button at any time regardless of ignition position and it will try to start. Especially bad if you have no E-brake, cause you will be parking in gear for sure.

You may think it's silly, but I have accidentally hit my 79 99's "start" button more than once when I was fiddling around with stuff in the car. Parked in gear, car off and it takes off rolling for a few feet. it is quite startling!
You can wire the switch/button up to not be "hot" unless the key is turned on, that's not too tough.
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Get one of those switches with the red flip over cover, like a helicopter cockpit, or nuclear command station.
Jets.

Not helicopters.

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I can assure you that you can find those switches in Helicopters...at least last time I was in one
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I can assure you that you can find those switches in Helicopters...at least last time I was in one
It's official.

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I can assure you that you can find those switches in Helicopters...at least last time I was in one
Yeah, I remember vividly from sitting in a cockpit at an airshow when I was little.
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Well, the car is going ot be sharing storage space with my step-dad in-law's Bell 205, maybe I'll see if I can snag a switch.
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