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  1. Ah, I see, thank you for the hints. A 12V battery is already installed because we need this for the ignition. It has no magneto ignition, just battery ignitions coils. Like the Ford Model T. So then I have to switch to the HCCA website and Forum there. Are there also some photos of such systems? Tom
  2. Flat belt, sounds interesting. And this has enough friction then to turn the engine over? I have never seen this before as an engine starting system. I know them from my grandfathers old machines like a belt driven saw. Tom
  3. An electric starter would be a really good solution. I know for example a Mercedes Simplex here which has an electric starter. I would like to do this but don't know how. Normally I would put a cogwheel on the flywheel but there is so less space between flywheel and frame, that it is not possible. I thought about to use something like the old race cars without starter. Tom
  4. @ Greg: Ah, thank you for the translation. It is always hard to find out such things. @ JFranklin: Good idea with a strong, healty friend who starts the engine for me. But I am afraid, that the one can not make all the tours with me then. 🙂 The engine was perhaps rebuilt but I don't know when. @ Terry: No, it is not possible to hold the inlet valves open. Well, you mean that it could be possible to start on compression? I know this from my 1912 Cadilac and the Ford Model Ts. @ : Al: Of course... but I have just one bad photo. I can't find the better one
  5. Hi, I have a question regarding starting a very old engine with „untimed inlet valves“. We own a 1901 LeAster rear entrance tonneau, fully restored, really nice car. But to turn the engine over is really hard. The last time I had 14 days problems with my back. The problem is that the inlet valves are not open by the camshaft like the outlet valves. They open by sucking when the pistons go down. ( sniffer valve?? I don’t know the correct translation ). So, has someone a tip / hint how I can start this engine easier as now? Kind regards Tom
  6. Thank you, I wanted to avoid sending the coil such a long distance. I have seen before that Skip is the first address for this kind of coils. In the meantime I made a test with ice spray and after I have cooled down the coil, the sparks were better again. I am trying here to find a company to restore the coil but it seems that no one wants to do this. Kind regards Thomas
  7. @ 38: I edited my post because I made a mistake. The resistance on primary side is 0.9 ohms on both sides. So this should be normal. Condensers are brand new made by Valeo with pig tail as you said. @19tom40: Well, what I found out in the meantime is, that after a longer time of running ( half an hour ) all sparks are really not the best. But on one side a little bit better but not the same as when the coil is cold. Such a tester is a good thing which I should buy because we have other classic cars. Heat up function is important. So what I would like to try as a l
  8. @38ShortopConv. : I understand, but the 30.5 is on the side where I have strong spark. But I understand that there is somewhere a problem in the distributor which I probably can't solve by myself. Is there a possibility to contact Gerry via mail? I am not really good over the phone in English. @Ken: Thank you for your offer. Could you test also the coil? Well, today I made another check with “hot” ignition coil. I checked the resistance of the coil but it is still 4,4 kiloOhms on both terminals. Cold or hot makes no difference. And also checked the voltage at the condensers and the c
  9. Thanks for all your hints. @ Bwatoe: Well, with cold engine it runs just on 4.0 volts with a strong spark. Heated up then not. And the left side works with 4.6 volts very well with cold and hot engine. But I have tried what you said with the 6 Volt direct from the battery and then... I had a strong spark. @edinmass: No eletric fuel pump. @38ShortopConv.: I checked the spark just with the ignition cable to ground. So the plugs itselfs could not be the problem. @abelincoln: I have at the condenser terminal left 3.5 volts and right 3.1. On the terminals where the cabl
  10. OK, little update: I have measured the voltage at first at the terminals of the condensers at idle speed: left: 3.5 volts, right: 3.1 volts. Then at the terminal of the coil where the red leads on it: left 4.0, right 4.6. Then direct at the resistors: 4.1 and 4.6. Input 6 Volts, Battery voltage is 6.2 volts ( generator is not charging, the next problem on my list ). And I checked it again: On the left side of motor I have a regularly, strong spark. On the right side there is mostly a spark but not always and it is not that strong as on the left side. So this means that I h
  11. Thanks you bouth for all your hints. I will check out several things. As far as I can remember ( it is more than 10 years ago ) I have bought a rebuild distributor and coil at “Lincoln Motor Car Supply” in Orwell, Vermont. But we have driven the car just 200miles or so and never the ignition problem was really solved. Kind regards Thomas
  12. Hi Ken, thank you for the answer. Well, I have tried now 3 sets of condensers. And I tried it already as you said, changed from one side to the other but the problem is just always on the right side of the engine. Since I bought a restored distributor I would say, that the rotor should be ok. I have checked also if the plugs of the cables are clean and plugged in into the caps. The only thing I have not checked are the resisters because I didn’t know that they exist. I have found them and will try to check them. Do you now the value of
  13. Hello, I have still a problem with the ignition of my 1947 Lincoln V12. On the left engine side I have a regularly spark on every spark plug. On the right side I would say I have 90% regularly sparks. So sometimes on every spark plug of the right side a spark is missing. I would perhaps say, 10times a spark, then no, again 10times, no one. I have a restored distributor, new coil, new condensers… and perhaps I don’t understand the ignition correct. If I see it correct, the two ignition points don’t work just for one side of the motor? So not the left one for the left sid
  14. I found the problem, battery #4 had a bad contact at the plus terminal.
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