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1914 DELCO IGNITION PROBLEM


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To set the timming on the early Delco Stater-Generator-Distributor systems you loosin the screw in the center of the distribuor cam and rotate it to the proper place and tighten the screw. In fact you can take the screw all the way out and remove the cam. The early Delco distributor has the cam made out of a fiber material and is the insulating part, the points are not insulated. Check to see if your cam has a crack around it. The fiber cam is held onto the metal shaft with a tiny pin. The crack will carse a short just like a distributator cap crack. I had this problen on my 1914 Buick and it took me a long time to locate the problem. If your cam is cracked have a machine shop make you a new one out of some soace age plastic. I think Delco changed this arrangement in 1916 and went to a metal cam and insulated points. <P>DBinger

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Thank you for your quick reply. Apologise for my late reaction which is largely due to my clumsiness in using E-mail. Can you help me to a supplier of conversion kit for ignition to breakerless electronic one. Thanks in advance. Regards .

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You might look into fork lift parts. I have seen some of this done but can't give you any details.<P>I redid my original ignition system and I have had no problems with it.<P>You can get the ignition parts from<BR> <BR>Special Interest Autos<BR>602 A St. NE<BR>Ardmore, Ok 73401<P>phone 580-226-0270 days<BR> 580-226-0353 evenings<BR> 800-634-2469 order line<P>Good luck .<P>DBinger<P><BR>

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