Celebrating an ignition system that seems to work.
True test is racing Daves SBC 49 Ford tomorrow.
Could not get that Pertronix stuff to work, I've been chasing-what i thought
was a fuel problem, for 6 months. Finally the coil died-and another
wich took out the dizzy I guess.
Hooked up with Honest Performance- those guys are squared away.
So the new set up is- Fords dura sparkII, I had a mag pick up in my 73 ford truck.
Never one ounce of trouble from the ignition, in ten years.
Now the ignition switch went out cause I was carrying 5 lb. of keys on my key ring.
And if i bought those crappy aluminum dist. caps, they wouldn't last a year.
The small MSD ign. box- and it's amazing. Retards spark at start up. It fires up
in a 1/4 turn of the crank--hot or cold.
There's a rev limiter which I not too involved with, I'm not going to wind the nuts off this beast.
I'd like to get in the 13's, but if not so be it.
It's bracket racing- who cares how fast your going.
I did order a rebuilt points distributor, one of my old coils and a resistor to carry in the trunk.
There is the white wire on the box for points ignition, shouldn't take 20 minutes to change out.
Looks like I left out the horror story. The car died in the burger line- 90 degrees and an hour and a half wait for a tow. After that I decided
to invest some time reading about ignitions. Well as usual, there's too much info on the inter web. I do have a better understanding of performance ignitions. But it's really better to look the guy in the EYE
when you want info.
I found the gremlin I've been chasing for months.
With a matched ignition coil, the car ran like a banshee all four runs.
Looks like 14.50 is the dial for Good Guys. I'll hit one more T&T next week,
but i'm not touching it. 4500 at the finish line-- close enough.
Maybe later I'll try smaller tires.
I think the two 14.6's, I didn't have my foot mashed to the wall.
One run they put me up against a big tire guy, even though I left on him,
he was so dam loud I couldn't hear my car run. He was hauling the mail!
Thats the first double 0 light i've had in a cage I think.
If you through enough money at it you can fix anything.
So I installed the recommended $60 coil.
Woof what a difference. Sounds like a Mustang with Borla exhaust.
Runs cooler and more power. Headed for test n tune Wed.
ran the car in traffic in hot weather.
Got up to 200f and 210, but drops right back down
with movement. That was with only two fans running,
not hot enough to hurt anything but concerning.
Last week I wasn't paying attention and it ran out of gas in the drive way.
When it started it wouldn't run under 2,000 RPM. Thought for sure it was dirt in the carb.
Went throught it- blew out the idle passages, new float valves.
Put it on this morning- same dam thing. When it shuts down it spits up through the carb. Soaks the plugs.
Compresions good , wires arent crossed dist hasn't moved - could it be the coil?
Through on an old coil and we're off to the races.
%%$#$@^*&^& oh well.
crossing my fingers it'll last till July 24th good guy drags.
In wiring , It appears that some relays (rated the same) are more equal than others.
Too bad thats not true. The part about the rating I mean.
Melted a wire from the Ign. through a stuck relay to a fan.
But only till it burnt through a ground wire. *&^%$$#&^^&())()((*&^%%@#W.!!!!!
Oh ya, the fan is still good.
How ever there is hope, I'm getting more practice wiring and fuse placement.
I see a painless system in my future this winter.
Hey boys and girls don't skip the part about fuses, it's an important chapter.
Learned it when I was young, now I can't spell it. FUZE THAT IS.