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Old 11-19-2019, 07:25 PM   #1
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Default 31 Cabriolet Ignition Switch Replacement.

I purchased a 31 slant window cabriolet three days ago and need to replace the original faulty ignition switch. Looking in the catalogs I see pop out switch, non pop out switch, switch alone and entire assembly to distributer. All confusing to me. 62 years ago at the age of 16 I owned a $25.00 28 Mod A and somehow have forgotten everything that I probably knew then. Any guidance you may have will be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 11-19-2019, 08:39 PM   #2
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Default Re: 31 Cabriolet Ignition Switch Replacement.

If it's an original pop out send it to Dick Crabtree 605-487-7229 and it will
come back like new.


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Old 11-20-2019, 08:32 AM   #3
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Default Re: 31 Cabriolet Ignition Switch Replacement.

How can I tell if I have an original pop out? And can I just replace the switch? This cabriolet has been restored to like new condition but I am not interested in judging points. I just want to get it running so I can drive it. Thanks
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:06 AM   #4
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Default Re: 31 Cabriolet Ignition Switch Replacement.

Posting a picture would be helpfull in determining what you have.
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:25 AM   #5
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Default Re: 31 Cabriolet Ignition Switch Replacement.

The pop-out switch was an added guard against theft. It interfaces with the distributor in a way that makes it complicated to modify. There have been reproductions in the past that were a lot like the originals but not quite the quality of the original. Sometimes all they need is a new wire put into the armored cable. A person needs a switch whether pop out or not and they would need what is known as the ignition jumper in order to interface properly with the distributor to bypass the pop-out. Folks will pay high dollar for the original pop-outs if you have one. The characteristics of manufacture will tell folks in the know of whether it is original or not. Several photos of the switch assembly would go a long way to ID it but the instrument panel would have to be removed to gain access.

It's well worth while to keep a Cabriolet in original condition. They are not common now days.

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Old 11-20-2019, 01:18 PM   #6
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Default Re: 31 Cabriolet Ignition Switch Replacement.

Shot some Lock Eze on the switch and now it pops in and out easily. Red coil wire live when switch is OFF (in) and dead when ON (out). So hopefully all is well.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:19 PM   #7
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your coil has power to it all the time. that red wire comes from your coil to the pop out then to the distributor, sound to me it is working correctly.
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Old 11-21-2019, 01:40 PM   #8
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Default Re: 31 Cabriolet Ignition Switch Replacement.

There is power to one side of the coil then the other terminal is the ground path to the Electrolock switch. When the button is pushed in, the ground part of the circuit is open to ensure no ignition function. When button is popped out the circuit is complete to the breaker points in the distributor. The breaker points & condenser control the coil high tension induction but the circuit has to be hot to make it work. This is a good explanation.
https://modelagarage.com/service_bul...e-electrolock/

Folks sometimes forget to push the switch button in due to the car dying out or some other reason. If the ignition is left on and the points are closed, it can burn up the coil. If your lucky and the points are open then there will be no problem.

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