Alarm on a 74 Viva

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Alarm on a 74 Viva

Postby Wyke » 27 Jul 2005, 21:35

OK - I now have a Viva and a Chevette.
Problem is the car has electronic alarm fitted and when battery put in - noise and lights !!

Any ideas to help ?
It has a keyhole on wing and one below bootlid but no key of course.
Don`t want to start pulling wires out without knowing what is best.
Any sensible suggestions about alarms of this era greatfully received.
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Postby Neilyman » 27 Jul 2005, 21:42

How many wires on the keyswitch? Dunno why it has 2 switches ??????
Alarms of that era were primative things, what make is the squark box?
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Postby Wyke » 02 Aug 2005, 20:45

Sorry about the delay. Can`t trace any wires at back of key switches. Switch on wing is hidden behind the panel and I have not had time yet to remove to inspect.

Seems a bit odd. 2 stickers on the car warn an alarm is fitted - is it a bluff ??
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 02 Aug 2005, 22:29

you sure those keyholes aren't deadlocks mate, a worthwhile security upgrade for pre-alarmed cars
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Postby Neilyman » 02 Aug 2005, 22:30

Can`t be a bluff it you get noise & lights when you put the battery on???
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Postby Wyke » 29 Aug 2005, 21:07

I have now connected battery but the engine will not turn as solenoid does not appear to engage. Shorting out solenoid does then make engine turn. No lights and noise as I originally feared with" apparent " alarm and have yet to trace any wires running to the two key switches. :oops:
Problem now is it has sparkrite elecronic ignition. No instructions so not sure how to run it. Small silver box is mounted on the coil with a 3 position switch. Some lights also seem to come on but can`t see as engine is not running yet . Seems an original unit with low mileage car so if anyone can help I would appreciate it.
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Postby Neilyman » 29 Aug 2005, 23:30

If I remember correctly, the Sparkrite 3 pos switch is Normal ign - Off - Electronic ign........so it should work in either `side` position, the lights flash with the spark rate.
Put everything back to normal, get the engine running, then connect up the add-ons again.
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Postby Wyke » 30 Aug 2005, 19:41

Thanks for the advice.
I`ve had a quick look today. Turned engine with ignition on but had to short solenoid to engage starter. No joy.
Tried all 3 positions of switch with plug 1 removed to view spark - no joy !

Could be coil maybe ?

Given time at weekend I`ll check points etc and then remove add on to see if I can get it runing normally - unless you have any other ideas ?

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Postby Neilyman » 30 Aug 2005, 22:51

Check the solenoid`s got a good earth, they`re only fastened by small bolts, remove it & clean it up then put it back. Infact you can check it when it`s off by earthing the bracket to battery -ve, & sticking a wire to the small terminal from battery +ve.....should make a nice solid clunk every time.

I would ditch the sparkrite, & go back to standard ignition setup, get the thing running, then, if you must, connect the sparkrite thingy up again...bear in mind it could be 20 odd years old, & they wern`t the best of gadgets when new!

The points/condensor are OK I presume?
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