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Old 08-12-2013, 12:58 AM   #15
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Yes - typo on phone no. (Damn tiny iPhone keypads!) 305-502-1354
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:57 AM   #16
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Glad you are back up and running! MN already? You didn't stop to see the Corn Palace in Mitchell? :-) Wave to Fairmont MN, the town of my youth. Brad
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:54 AM   #17
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Beautiful rig BTW..
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:41 AM   #18
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Beautiful rig indeed. Glad you are back on the road.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:45 AM   #19
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If they lifted the secondary feed to the aux panel off the starter power post that would kill your dash lights and gauges.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:24 AM   #20
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If "ignition switch" trashed that could contribute. On older systems, the instrument panel power was shut off during cranking. Then would startup when key released to "run" position.

I bet once you fix the ignition switch this stuff will work.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:33 AM   #21
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One more thing, not sure who made the ignition switch but Ford had a run of bad ones in the 80's. metal would chafe in the switch and short causing fire. A friend of mine lost an 89 mustang that way. Turning a corner he noticed smoke from the steering column. By the time he pulled over there was fire in the dash. He had just enough time to pull his 2 meter radio gear out of the trunk before the interior was fully engaged in fire. Might want to stop and get a big cable cutter for the positive battery terminal cable and a fire extinguisher just in case.
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Fusible links and fuses.

Also, lots of electrical load went thru the "switch". Replaced one and new one ran HOT. Amp readings were high as electric brakes had been wired thru it. We replaced again and moved "load" off to a power relay capable of handling the load. Switch never failed again!!!
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Here's the Ford recall info.:
CNN - More Fords may have ignition problems - May 2, 1996
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:20 PM   #24
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Thanks everyone! I am back in Michigan and recouping. Dali is at another 86 345 Classic airstream owner (RJ) in Carleton, MI. He's had his rig for over 10 years and was consulting whenever a problem arose.

He's looking over everything and comparing rigs. My "Ignition" definitely needs to be replaced.

Two '86 345 Airstream Classics together - what a site!!!
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WOW! That's a whole lotta 'luminum going on there!
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