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Ignition switch / starter problem

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Vehicle Information: Model: 911T; Year: 1973; Body Type: Targa; Engine (type, size, modifications): 2.4 CIS; Total Mileage: 110,000;

When I tried to start my 73.5 the other day, the engine did not kick over after the first few cranks so I turned the key back to the left to give it a break. The starter, however, keep turning the engine over. I turned the key back and forth and even took it out but the car kept trying to start. Soon the batteries were drained and the car was going nowhere. I disconnected the batteries and recharged them. I also fiddled with the ignition switch enough to realize that I was not going to get it out of the car without a little guidance. I plugged the cable back in the ignition switch, re-connected the batteries, and the car started and runs fine. Of course I'm now afraid to turn the engine off anywhere but in my garage. Should I assume this is an ignition switch problem and just replace it, or are other things going on?Thanks very much. Ken

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