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Last night I went to start my 73 daily driver. The key slipped in my fingers a bit and I reengaged it, heard an electrical zap from the fuse block area and lost all power thru the ignition. Headlights won't even come on. All the fuses look fine. None appear blown. Any ideas on which relay it may or may not be? Any help is appreciated.. Thanks everyone
 

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Strange thing this morning. Towed my bug home. This morning I went to unhook it from my other vehicle, put the key in to unlock the steering wheel and the damn thing started right up. Headlights even work. Any ideas?
 

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Strange thing this morning. Towed my bug home. This morning I went to unhook it from my other vehicle, put the key in to unlock the steering wheel and the damn thing started right up. Headlights even work. Any ideas?
Could be a faulty ignition switch. When you put the key in the ignition switch wiggle it a bit to see if you can reproduce the no run condition.
I have a '72 Super that I purchased in 2019 and I had an ignition switch failure after the car was parked on hot concrete for about 1 1/2 hours. I installed a relay under the rear seat that is activated by the new ignition switch but all of the high amperage is going through the relay and not the new ignition switch. I am also installing a set of power relays so that in the future the starter switch will only ever see a few milliamps whenever anything is activated like headlights, fuel injection fuel pump, EEC-IV, etc. I got the power relays out of a '92 Ford Escort.
I am in the process of converting my car to sequential fuel injection and a EDIS (Electronic Distributorless Ignition System) and a Ford Electronic Engine Control computer version 4 (EEC-IV).
 
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