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Postby Tortron » 21 Oct 2005, 04:53

assuming that i will be able to get all the required bits, are there any tips?

i removed the entire unit via releasing the horizontal bolt, then proceeded to remove the 29 odd years worth of oil and grime in order to get the model number and such. (n i then realised i may have stuffed up by removing it as now the timing may be all out)

i figure i may as well replace the points, rotor, condensor, i also notice there is very little left of that sponge thingy so one of them as well (cant cost too much aye). while im at it im gona get all new leads and regap the plugs (their pretty new anyway)

any other sugestions
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Postby Doive » 21 Oct 2005, 23:58

No earth shattering advice, just be slow and methodical especially when playing with the advance mechanism. When putting it all back together it is best if the engine is set with number 1 cylinder at TDC, then locate the distributor with the rotor arm pointing towards the front of the block (I think, from memory), the exact timing can be set from there. The previous owner of my car has had the dizzy out at some point, and managed to fit it the wrong way round on replacement. Careless.
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Postby Tortron » 23 Oct 2005, 07:28

right, so now it doesnt start.

im getting very little spark at the plugs.
ideas?
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 23 Oct 2005, 10:18

what have you done?
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Postby Neilyman » 23 Oct 2005, 10:41

Herbie_Flowers wrote:what have you done?


Closed the points gap up by the sound of it! ;)
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Postby Doive » 23 Oct 2005, 14:53

I was going to say, check your points gap. If this looks ok your condenser may well be breaking down and allowing the spark to dissipate across the points. Take the rotor cap off and set the points to closed, switch on the ignition so the lights come on on the dash, then break the points (carefully) with a screwdriver and check for a blue flash across them. This may be best done in semi darkness. If you see a flash, your condenser is knackered.
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Postby grim_b » 23 Oct 2005, 19:59

I guess he has not posted back yet, because he is frying himself in a garage somewhere :lol:
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Postby Tortron » 23 Oct 2005, 21:56

right then, after a bit of tweaking yelling and swearing it goes (sort of) now, timing deffinately needs to be set (she kicks like a mule, and i scared the old ladies on the golfcourse withthe backfiring)

guess ill take it in next week when my wof (mot) is due
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Postby Doive » 24 Oct 2005, 01:05

Blummin eck, if the timing is that far out you should really avoid driving it! Neily taught me how to set the timing by hand/ear - genius that man is. Allow the engine to warm, steady idle, then move the dizzy back and forward to find the point at which the revs peak, this is the timing set. Unfortunately it didn't work for me, I just set it advanced, filled her with optimax and an octane booster then backed off the timing until the pinking went away. Ran well after that.
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Postby Tortron » 24 Oct 2005, 04:35

yep thats what we did, its not to bad, just jumps a bit in 4th
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