My 1977. CJ5 has a 304 V8 and a 3-speed manual trans in the floor. The problem I have is that the key and ignition cylinder in the steering column are stuck in the "ON" position and will not turn back to "OFF" or forward to "START." It's definitely jammed because I've tired many things, from simple wiggling to vice-grips, and no luck. This is no big deal, as I would like to replace the factory straight column with a tilt column, but until I can find a suitable used (and era-correct) tilt column, I'm looking for a temporary fix. Other projects are consuming my paycheck, so my toys (Jeep and the Harley) and their related expenses are on the back burner.
The wiring is all OE and the fuse box has glass-type fuses. With the key stuck in the "ON" position, I have to jump across the solenoid to start it up and clutch / stall the engine to stop. I also have to disconnect the battery to stop electrical drain when parked - this is no good. I've pored over electrical diagrams that I found online, but I'd really like some real-world direction from those who have crawled under the dash and tapped into the wiring for main, accessories, and starting. I've already begun my mod by installing 2 metal SPST toggles into the metal trim pieces on the dash; above and below the column. One toggle will be for accessory; the other for power. I've also installed a couple of indicator lights that will illuminate when the toggles are in the "ON" position. Lastly, I've mounted a heavy-duty metal push-button for starting. What I need help with is to know which wires (preferably color or number L to R) on the plastic connector at the underside of the column are being fed power to the ignition key. In my initial tinkering, I find 3 of the wires are hot that are headed up the column. This may be due to its current "jammed" condition. Additionally, which wires feed power to the gauges and accessories and which ones are used for starting. Once I've taken the ignition key cylinder out of the equation, I believe I can run with the rest of the modification from that point.
All help is appreciated and many thanks in advance,
have the same problem?
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 AT 6:17 AM