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  1. Sounds like you have an original coil. The "dial" or "knob" as you describe it is a ballast resistor for the coil. It keeps the coil from overheating when ignition is on for long periods without the engine running. The resistor should have a circular porcelain core with spiraled wire running around its circumference. You can test it with a continuity tester / ohm meter. If it has continuity, it's good. If not, that would explain why your coil is not firing. Perhaps the internal wire has rusted away.
  2. Sweet little coupe although I think it's a 1926 based on the headlights and the radiator shell. Have you checked the starter in the car? There may not be enough amperage to fully drive it with just jumper cables.
  3. 0.22 micro Farads would be inline with modern style condensers. Perhaps there is a missing decimal point on the reference to "22 micro Farads"?
  4. What about a phenolic circuit board? The type hobbyists start with for building electronic projects. It's usually copper clad on one or both sides. You could etch the copper off except maybe around the rivets and have a durable non-conductive surface.
  5. The original coil had a resistor on top by design. If you replace the original coil with a newer 6V coil and condenser, you do not need a ballast resistor.
  6. In addition to what has been mentioned, I would try substituting a coil from a newer vehicle such as a 1954 Chevrolet with a condenser on the negative lead and no resistor. The original coils are known to be unreliable. They have the condenser built-in and unless it has been taken apart, as in having the tar melted out and condenser replaced with a modern equivalent, it's definitely bad by now. Another question, do you have the carburetor intake hooked up to the pre-heater on the exhaust? These motors run best with warm air.
  7. I had the Uvira process done on one of my cars as well. Reflectivity is comparable to silver and the end result does not tarnish, although I still wouldn't go touching it or rubbing it with a rag or anything like that.
  8. The trick is never touch the silver on the reflectors. Any contaminates such as the natural oils in your skin will tarnish the silver. Do not use rubber-impregnated gaskets. The oils in the rubber will tarnish the silver too. Put on white museum gloves when handling them for installation. I have never used any products or done any cleaning on mine and they look as good as the day they were installed 18 years ago.
  9. I have had the Peterson regulator in both my cars for years with no problems. I kept the original cut-out and 3rd brush for max current regulation. I don't like to fully tax my generator in the event the battery goes flat. I was surprised by observing the ammeter just how fast a good battery recovers after starting the engine. By the time I reach the end of my street, the ammeter is already approaching zero.
  10. I think gravity is your answer. The lower the carburetor, the easier it is to deliver fuel to it. Prior to mechanical fuel pumps and vacuum tanks, carburetors were gravity fed.
  11. You mentioned a new wiring harness. It's possible the wire from the generator is connected to the wrong lead on the ammeter. I've seen this before. Often times when the wiring harness is made, one of the ring terminals to the ammeter has two wires crimped into it. If the wiring harness manufacturer made a mistake and crimped the generator wire to the wrong lead, i.e. the battery lead, then the ammeter would only ever show discharge, even though the generator is charging properly.
  12. I have had good luck using electrolysis to de-rust my parts. Of course you need to be able to submerge the part. It doesn't tend to flash-rust after like HCl and it doesn't attack the good metal either. All you need is a container, sacrificial anode(s) (rebar works for me), water and sodium carbonate as an electrolyte and a battery charger. Google has tons of info on the subject. Best Regards, Ron
  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NpCDIswgY8 This is part one of an 8 part series. Search will list the rest. Regards, Ron
  14. rsb

    1929 Sedan

  15. Check the March G&D for details and registration. I'm planning to be there. Is anyone else here going? Regards, Ron
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