Building a Remote Starter Panel

One of the projects I have on my to do list is the construction of an engine run stand. I've been saving a small trailer frame for several years to use as a foundation but until the Deuce is done I just won't have the time to get to that particular project.

However, I need some sort of mini control panel in order to start the hemi in the deuce and break in the cam before I permanently mount the body. So, it just seemed appropriate that I take the time to build a panel now that I'll be able to use on the run stand later. That way I can mount it temporarily on the deuce and later permanently mount it on the engine run stand after I have the time to build it.

I had some left over sheet steel and I also had an inexpensive gauge set and mini tach, so....I just went from there.

As you can see, it has a full complement of gauges including a tachometer, ignition on/off switch, and a spring loaded starter button. The water temperature and oil pressure gauges are mechanical the rest are electric.

This panel is for a Mopar electronic ignition but it could be changed to work for GM or Ford pretty easily. Power comes from the battery terminal on the starter and runs to the lower part of the distribution bar you see in the center. From there it is routed to the two separate circuits. Circuit one, the ignition uses an illuminated toggle switch and provides 12 volt power to the electronic control module through the ballast resistor and from there power goes to the coil and the distributor. There is no ballast resistor bypass wire since electronic ignitions usually don't require one, but it could be easily added if necessary. This circuit also provides 12 volt power to the electric fuel pump.

The second circuit is for the starter button, which provides power to the starter solenoid when the button is pushed. Both circuits have their own fuses. All ground wires are routed to the upper part of the distribution bar and a single ground wire will run from there to a good chassis ground.

All that's left at this point is to fabricate a temporary mount for the deuce chassis. I have a little work left to do on the engine before its ready to start, but it won't be too long now.

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