In Reply to: 1940 Ford 9N starter switch ???? posted by Serge on March 14, 2018 at 18:44:36:
Not understanding you completely.
Are you saying you removed the cable from the battery and then tied them together and touched the battery post again? If so, you would be depending on your generator to supply the voltage to the ignition. That probably will not happen at idle.
The other question. Do you have your ignition switch ON?