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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2024 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The second V8 Pilot ignition instalment, where I poke around inside the elec dizzy before fitting an original spec unit instead, went live earlier. Has it improved things?
https://youtu.be/3E0IKoSLzXU

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2024 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am so pleased for you , Rick. Well done indeed!.

The Pilot sounds and goes great now. ( I just hope the electronic distributor that I have fitted to my '49 TC works as it should because it was one that had been designed specifically for it.!) It could be that in your case, a previous owner just fitted what he could find and hoped for the best. ?

From what I could see in the video the old cap looked pretty chewed up. I can only think the rotor arm was incorrect and was coming into contact with the brass terminals in the cap. I believe they shouldn't actually touch; there should be a small air gap.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2024 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to have it with correct carb and distributor and running well.

Happy motoring in 2024.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2024 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It does sound rather nice.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2024 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray White wrote:
I am so pleased for you , Rick. Well done indeed!.

The Pilot sounds and goes great now. ( I just hope the electronic distributor that I have fitted to my '49 TC works as it should because it was one that had been designed specifically for it.!) It could be that in your case, a previous owner just fitted what he could find and hoped for the best. ?

From what I could see in the video the old cap looked pretty chewed up. I can only think the rotor arm was incorrect and was coming into contact with the brass terminals in the cap. I believe they shouldn't actually touch; there should be a small air gap.


It was a complete eFire elec ign distributor sold by a Ford V8 specialist specifically for the car and all the flathead V8s, not just a conversion to modify an original dizzy. It had only been on the car for 12-18 months or so, and hadn't done much mileage. Wiring had been altered as per the fitting instructions, so it should all have been fine.

The cap with the burnt contacts is the new cap included with the kit, same for the rotor arm I showed, all part of the fit-and-forget unit ... I'm sure some installations work just fine, but marrying up 70+yr old 6v electrics to modern electrickery isn't always a happy union.

All the problems I've had with different vehicles over the last 12-18 months or so have been caused by modern "upgrades" or poor repro parts, perhaps a subject for a separate video sometime. I wouldn't touch this stuff with a bargepole tbh unless I yearned for ultimate bhp from a given engine, which I don't.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2024 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to have it with correct carb and distributor and running well.

Happy motoring in 2024.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2024 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peter scott wrote:
Good to have it with correct carb and distributor and running well.

Happy motoring in 2024.

Peter


Thanks Peter, all the best to you too for 2024

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2024 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The latest upload sees the Standard dusted down and prepped prior to the first Crewe Heritage meet of 2024, where more cars than I expected made an appearance.
https://youtu.be/v9btKZ-COOE

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2024 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning all, pre- and post-war Peugeots are the subject for today's compilation, with cars from the '30s through to the '90s included.
https://youtu.be/azMlYymcKps

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2024 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evening folks, added to the page below, a video talking about two pre-war car trailers (by Eccles, Pratt) and the original sales literature that accompanies them.
https://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/trailers.htm

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2024 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning all, in today's upload I'm back under the front of the Pilot again, spruce up the grey Fergie, then head out to a car gathering to see what turns up.
https://youtu.be/8IyCcbpUEKI

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2024 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evening folks, today's compilation upload centres around people and their cars in original old photos, going back to the 1910s.
https://youtu.be/T2KlAHmI6L0

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2024 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick is that you on the piano playing Der Spagnols 14th sonata? Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2024 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning all, the Cars & Caffeine at Combermere meet returned last weekend, in today's upload we head over for a look around.
https://youtu.be/lloli4-EMEo

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2024 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ukdave2002 wrote:
Rick is that you on the piano playing Der Spagnols 14th sonata? Very Happy Very Happy


What or who is Der Spagnois?


https://www.tonara.com/blog/history-of-moonlight-sonata/#:~:text=The%20%27Sonata%20quasi%20una%20fantasia,during%20the%20Classical%20music%20era.[/i]
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