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    Clutch/ starter cut out

    Has anyone installed a clutch cut out switch on their van? Let's say someone inadvertently turned the ignition on while said van was in gear without the clutch pedal down. I won't say who on grounds I may incriminate
    myself.

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    Well, I'm sure there is a neutral safety switch or clutch pedal ignition safety switch that could be installed. I have never had one on any of my vans and I have to say during one particular incident many years ago, being able to turn the key while in gear (Manual)and one foot on the gas, allowed me to escape an assault at my drivers door. With manual transmission it has allowed me to use the starter to limp to the side of the road. I guess that doesn't really answer your question. I don't recall ever removing a safety switch from any of my vans but they may have been removed by previous owner. That's my 2 cents. Have fun.

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    Cool

    HA,my factory TH350's neutral safety switch was eliminated by my vans previous owner.

    I was at the Nationals in Ohio doing a minor repair on the Beast.
    Ifinished the repair and inavartantly hit the key.
    She fired off and Iwas standing out side of the cab.I was able to jumped in the drivers seat stomped the brake and pulled her into neutral.
    I was parked next to Primerdonna.Pretty sure Big Mike as in the front seat.

    Starting in gear could be more of a problem than a solution..
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    cut out

    Thank for the input...I am going back and forth on this one.

    Craig

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    You could also put a toggle switch upstream of your Neutral/Safety switch and have either scenario......leave it (toggle) unmarked/hidden..... and you have an anti-theft device too.

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    Fabricate a bracket to hold a switch like this:

    https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...ct_21065_21065



    Set it up so that the clutch pedal arm hits it when the clutch is pushed to the floor (mount it under the floor similar to the brake light switch)

    Wire it in series with the wire going to the starter solenoid.

    The manual transmission vans did not come with a neutral safety switch from the factory.
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    cut out

    I think I will go with Joyrides idea with the stock brake light switch. Thanks for all the input.

    Craig

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    I actually have used the starter to move the van short distances when the engine would not run. Its hard on the battery and starter, but it beats having to push



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