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Post  derby rob on Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:21 pm

hi , ok this may be a stupid question ,which way do i turn the ignition switch on a cruiser 80 for normal running ? . What is confusing me is the way its labeled , the center position is off and the knob has ign to the left and emg to the right so if i turn the knob anti clockwise am i turning it to the ign position or have i turned it to emg ,because the emg is now in the center position ?
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Post  kerabo on Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:06 pm

You could remover the battery lead and then it will only start in Emg .
If it's anything like my 87 it charges loads if I forget to turn it back to run and can blow bulbs.
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Post  FB vincent on Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:22 pm

derby rob wrote:hi , ok this may be a stupid question ,which way do i turn the ignition switch on a cruiser 80 for normal running ? . What is confusing me is the way its labeled , the center position is off and the knob has ign to the left and emg to the right so if i turn the knob anti clockwise am i turning it to the ign position or have i turned it to emg ,because the emg is now in the center position ?

Turn Clockwise for Ignition, Anti-clockwise for Emergency (i.e. if the battery is flat). When the switch is pointing forward then it is Off.

Never try and run an AMC engined Cruiser or Falcon with the battery disconnected, since it is a critical part of the voltage control system.

It is immediately obvious when the switch is in the Emergency position since the ammeter will show a very high charge rate, even with a flat battery the Wipac alternator will quickly charge the battery in the normal Ignition switch position once it is running (if the battery is in good condition and capable of holding a charge).

You need to obtain a copy of the Cruiser 80 handbook from the FBOC, this will tell you everything about the electrical system.

Later Wipac headlamp pressings have an indent to show how the switch has been set.

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