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Old 05-01-2017, 7:53 PM
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https://www.amazon.ca/Truck-Automoti...ords=12v+relay

Something equivalent...
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Thanks found that one to... even eBay was expencive for the other one

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Old 05-01-2017, 9:15 PM
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Gezz just went to order that one and it was $30 plus by the time I got shipping on it and 2 months away.

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Old 05-01-2017, 9:24 PM
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Whats with the 2 months anyway!? Things come from China here to me in 2-3 weeks normally.

I only recommended the Tyco because I have personal experience with that particular relay, with no complaints.
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Old 05-01-2017, 9:30 PM
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Not sure... think I'll just run to the local truck shop tomorrow...

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Sounds good. You know what to look for at any rate...

Time for me to get horizontal. Goodnight sir.
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Yep thanks for the help

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Canadian Tire will have 40 amp 12 volt relays pretty cheap. They are common in cars and will run continuously for years. They're often used for switching higher amp loads like headlights, auxiliary lighting, etc.
It'll have the fast-on type connectors, but done right those won't give you any issues.

Pilot Automotive 40 Amp Relay | Canadian Tire
$5.49 cdn


$5 more and you can get the harness:
ProStart Relay with Harness | Canadian Tire

These will work fine for what you are doing, one radio switching on/off with ignition.
If you plan on adding more radios, then you'll really want something bigger.
These are not top of the line units, but they'll work fine.

Other option is to get something like a Lind timer. I've been picking them up on e-Bay for $20 or so. Here's one for $15 + shipping: http://www.ebay.com/itm/LIND-Automob...oAAOSwOgdYo2sB

Benefit to something like that is you can set it to leave your radio on for a set amount of time after you shut the ignition off.
Some fancier units have a low voltage shutdown, too.
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Just go to the auto parts store and get a starter solenoid for the older Fords, the fender mounted ones.

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Just go to the auto parts store and get a starter solenoid for the older Fords, the fender mounted ones.

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That's an option, but they are not all rated for continuous duty. While the contacts will handle hundreds of amps, the coils often won't like being energized for long periods.

If you are looking at these sorts of solenoids, make sure you get one that is rated for "continuous duty".
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