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Electronic ignition initial timing?

PostPost by: vincereynard » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:45 pm

miked wrote:I am late to the party but I do the approx position bit and then with the plugs removed and the strobe attached time at cranking speed for initial set up. Sorry if I missed something but did not see this mentioned when i had a quick read through. They must all spark at cranking speed otherwise they would not work. Also with plugs out you get a rate of knots on the spinning.
I dropped upon this by chance but have aired it before.
Mike :D


As I was bought a new strobe light, I'll give it a try!

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PostPost by: vincereynard » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:55 pm

john.p.clegg wrote: Come on Vince,you can settle this,see if you can hear/see a spark when rotating the dissy...?


Sorry John, swinging the dizzy had no effect.

Mind you, even though all plugs were firing, a brand new strobe light also refused to work on No1 lead but did on No4!
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:30 pm

Vince

You weren't swinging it fast enough..... but thanks anyway...

John :lol:
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PostPost by: Davidb » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:02 pm

Is it worth mentioning at this point that sold core spark plug wires must not be used with these distributors? There is a warning in red on the Pertronix site now. I discovered after making a beautiful set of solid core wires...
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:44 pm

john.p.clegg wrote:Vince

You weren't swinging it fast enough..... but thanks anyway...

John :lol:


No swingers down here John. I think they're all up Manchester way.

Davidb wrote:Is it worth mentioning at this point that sold core spark plug wires must not be used with these distributors? There is a warning in red on the Pertronix site now. I discovered after making a beautiful set of solid core wires...


Thanks for that. It's fitted with ludicrously expensive Magnacor (?) competition leads. I've often wondered what was wrong with good old solid copper. Just as well I did not bother.
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PostPost by: William2 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:04 am

I'm using good old fashioned copper core leads. They are perfectly safe to use as long as you fit suppressed plug caps and an in-line resistor in the dizzy to coil lead.
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PostPost by: Davidb » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:58 pm

I am certainly no expert on this but here is Pertonix site-scroll down to read the red warning:
http://pertronix.com/prod/ig/ignitor2/default.aspx
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