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Vintage Tecumseh Electric Starter Switch on Heater Box

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Does anyone know how the starter switch on vintage tecumsehs is supposed to be mounted to the heater box? Specifically, the button is supposed to fit through the small hole in the center of the picture below:



The two adjacent smaller holes line up with the mounting holes on the switch housing. What's supposed to hold it in on the other side? With the heater box being small, I can't imagine fitting my finger in there to hold a nut. Is there another piece that covers the switch from the inside that the two bolts screw into?

Not the biggest deal, as I already mounted it to the engine cover in the location that the newer black switches mount to:



The stock location on the heater box is pretty slick, though, and I might want to move it there. Anyone know how it's supposed to mount?

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The two screws go in the holes on the box from the outside,through the box,while you hold the switch ( with button in hole), screw the screws into the holes in the switch. To use it,just plug it in from underneath and press the button. This type of setup is fragile,at best. They always seem to break off the ground stud and/or loosen the connectors. But-yes,they are kinda cool.
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Yea, the sheet metal carb cover seems like a bad place for the starter button.

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Mine is mounted on top of the engine just like yours. The ground prong snapped off but I crammed it back in and epoxied it with JB weld and its been holding up good.

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Thanks for the info, guys. I'll keep it on top of the engine cover.

G_P, I'm missing the ground prong too so I just sealed up the hole with silicone and fire it up ungrounded. At least my garage has ground-faulted outlets.
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