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no juice - aaaargh!

everybody's input on my previous post was tremendously helpful, but now I've got another problem:

I've got a '74 1.8L. w/ a fresh battery, I get all electrical working (lights, radio; etc.). If I try the ignition, however, the car shorts out and stays dead. The starter will crank for about 1.5 sec., and then nothing. My problem is that I'm not sure how I can get a test light or voltage reading w/ no power : )

I've cleaned the earth strap and battery grounds, replaced the connections at the battery leads, replaced the relays on the board (I only had 2?), and checked the relay under the passenger seat. I have cleaned the connection at the starter (on the bolt) - is there a ground at the starter that I'm overlooking? I can't make hide or hair of the wiring diagrams : ) A couple of people have suggested the ignition switch, but the symptoms sound more like a bad or missing ground to me.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated - while I like driving the 911SC around town, I've got an x-cross in 2 weeks that I'm hoping to use the 914 for...

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I've managed to get juice to the redioa and lights; etc., but still no juice to the ignition. The fuel gauge, parking brake light and center gauges come on, but no alt or oil pressure lights - looks like I'm going to have to remove the steering column tonite and check out the ignition switch. Any other suggestions?
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Sounds to me like it's the seatbelt circuit cutting in. My 74 had a problem with this and I used to jiggle the wires underneath the seat while I started it.
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One thing to try if you havn't is check the ground strap at the transmission (it connects to the frame). Also is it possible that your starter is bad? If everything else works and depending how much of a pain your willing to put up with you can try to remove your starter and check connections and you can also test the starter out of the car. If you need a relay board Ive got an extra floating around if your interested. My e-mail sharkbait@prodigy.net Good Luck!
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