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Old 01-05-2011, 11:15 AM
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SUN 500 In Action

An old school dist machine has come up for auction, linked is this beauty in action,,,place you bids fella's. Man if I would of only talked to santa sooner this would have been on my wish list.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSBb92kP2KI

Anyone familiar with these please pipe in on the demo aspects and let us know what you think this awesome piece of automotive machinery will fetch. Me thinks it may take close to a G note on fleebay

Was not sure if its allowed to post the auction link on the site? search SUN 500 DISTRIBUTOR

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Old 01-05-2011, 01:21 PM
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who runs points anymore, it is nice..
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:55 PM
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Yeah it is not a practical unit these days, love it for the nostalgia and the engineering cool factor
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The 500will probably handle GM HEI but and maybe some of the aftermarket magnetic pickup distributors. Probably not a hall effect pickup??

Does it require a 12V battery or does it have it's own power supply?
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:44 PM
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Not sure about the battery, tried to find some specs/manuals/schematics on the unit, no go. I don't think it has a 12V power supply. Looks like the only cable connection to the dist is on the points which would most likely be used for triggering a circuit to fire the strobe and to read/calculate the dwell. He switched over to another lead to test the condenser.

I did find out that when the strobe starts to show the third arrow between the other two is were the points start bouncing at high rpm.

With some mods I am sure there would be a way to use these successfully on an HEI, just add a step down transformer and rectify to 12VDC or use a car battery,,, if I could find one dirt cheap I might give it a go.
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:56 PM
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I did notice on the ebay add that it has a scroll for looking up the type of engine that you are testing the dist for, it will give the specs for the dist. He has it set for a 63 fuelie 327 vette in the add pic.

Sort of like the scroll on the tube tester I used the other day for my hi fi amp when we tested some tubes,,, I dig the old stuff
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:44 PM
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Wow. That's identical to the one I learned ignition on in 1960. I can't tell you how many hours I spent testing ways to cut point float and recurving dist. Even the vac works on that one.

Maybe for a nostalgia piece but pretty useless today.
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good for HAMB er's

there are a lot of old engines around and they were handy , My son picked up a GM 6 unit engine test machine with the manuals for $ 20 at a high school auction.
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What a cool old machine. I had only ever seen one of them.I run points (at least for now) and it would be kinda handy for setting them up.I may opt to keep a points setup in my lemans as it keeps it looking like 1964
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:04 AM
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The refurbished unit sold for $1,841 bucks!, they are worth hanging on to if anyone has one kicking around.

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Used one of those when I was in trade school in the 70's. They are awesome. We never changed points in the car, we always yanked the distributor and set them up on the Sun machine. Advance curves were checked and dwell was set.
I dont think it had a battery, it was run off of AC and most likely rectified stepped down and rectified to DC.
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