This will take you to the main site where there is history, technical information and other information on these cars.
This takes you back to the main page of the forums.
This is the control panel to change your password, information and preferences on this message board.
Click here if your lost your password or need to register on this message board. You must be a registered user to post. Registration is free.
Search this board for information you need.
Click here to buy cool Squarebirds mechandise.
Click here to support Squarebirds.org. For $20 annually receive 20mBytes webspace, a Squarebirds e-mail address and member's icon on the message board.
  #1  
Old 02-09-2003, 05:13 PM
Eric Eric is offline
Apprentice
 
Join Date: Nov 11 2002
Posts: 76
Eric
Default Electronic Ignition

Hi

In hope to get better fuel economy I have installed Pertronix electronic ignition ďIgnitorĒ and their high performance coil (Flame Thrower). Because of the winter I have not been able to do any gas mileage tests yet. This system enables larger plug gaps. A Swedish magazine has tested the system with great result (11 % lower gas consumption). They increased the spark plug gap from 0.035 inch to 0.050 inch. I have increased the plug gaps to 0.046 inch. Does such spark gap sound sensible? I hope I soon can report how the new system has affected the gas mileage :-)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-09-2003, 06:25 PM
Rockin Kev Rockin Kev is offline
Experienced
 
Join Date: Oct 31 2002
Posts: 254
Rockin Kev is on a distinguished road
Default RE: Electronic Ignition

Hi Eric
I too have installed this set up with the coil and the HT Leads that go with this set. My mech who tunes my cars said it would work better with larger gap on the plugs. I have had this set up for over a year now and gas mileage is alot better hence when i travel around trip of 1300 miles to go to our rock n roll Hemsby weekender in May the more i save on gas the more beer i can enjoy!!.
Nice pictures so when the scoop is cromed will you be completing the full exterior dress up kit?. I will be doing this option to mine in the summer as i think it will look great on the rose paint work.
Take care
Kevin.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-09-2003, 06:32 PM
Rockin Kev Rockin Kev is offline
Experienced
 
Join Date: Oct 31 2002
Posts: 254
Rockin Kev is on a distinguished road
Default RE: Electronic Ignition

Eric
One other question i forgot to ask how did you get on with your power steering leak?. And dont loose the clear plastic feeler gauge that come with the electronic Igition as they will not send you a replacement. If you have you can always borrow mine then post it back to me.
Kev.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-10-2003, 05:49 PM
Eric Eric is offline
Apprentice
 
Join Date: Nov 11 2002
Posts: 76
Eric
Default RE: Electronic Ignition

Hi Kevin,

Itís good to hear that the gas mileage is a lot better. Do know which gap you have on the plugs? The hood scoop is a sad story. The items arrived last week. What I found was a chromed and destroyed scoop. It looks like someone had it in a heat own, the rear upper part have sinking down. It will not fit the hood. Now I have to find a new scoop. Iím going to California and the Pomona swap meet at March 2. Perhaps I can find one there. I donít think I will do any more chroming at the moment. I send you some pics of the scoop. Check your e-mail.

No I have not done anything with the power steering yet. I decided to buy a gasket kit when Iím in California. Perhaps itís best to replace the gaskets. Oh yes I still have the clear feeler gauge left. I tried to measure with a steel gauge. It was nearly impossible because of the magnetism.

Regards

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-11-2003, 04:09 PM
Alexander's Avatar
Alexander Alexander is offline
Webmaster
 
Join Date: Oct 30 2002
Posts: 3,338
Alexander is on a distinguished road
Default RE: Electronic Ignition

I also am using the Pertronics ignition in my 1960 golde top. I have the Mallory Unilite optical ignition in my 1959. I am running the the stock mustard top coil. I have never thought of widening the gap on the spark plugs. I would not think it would make that much difference in gas mileage. I might give it a try.

Eric, if you need a good a good rechromer who won't destroy your hood scoop, I can recommend a couple.

The hood scoop is made out of pot metal. Pot metal is quite soft. If you carefuly and slowly bend it, you may be able to bend it back into shape. Be careful though as pot metal will crack if bent too far. I have bent many hood scoops back into shape.

Alexander
1959 Hardtop
1960 Golde Top
__________________
Alexander
1959 Hard Top
1960 Golde Top
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-11-2003, 05:25 PM
Eric Eric is offline
Apprentice
 
Join Date: Nov 11 2002
Posts: 76
Eric
Default RE: Electronic Ignition

Hi,

Thanks for the tips. Maybe itís possible to bend the scoop into shape. I have a hot air blower. The air temp is 662 alt 932 F (350 alt 500 C). My idea is to gently warm up the scoop with hot air to soften the pot metal for easier bending. I can see one problem since the chrome is hard and the pot metal is softer. Isnít there a risk for cracking the chrome shell? But I have nothing to loose, itís the only chance to use this scoop. I will give it a try}>
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-11-2003, 05:42 PM
Alexander's Avatar
Alexander Alexander is offline
Webmaster
 
Join Date: Oct 30 2002
Posts: 3,338
Alexander is on a distinguished road
Default RE: Electronic Ignition

Thin chrome is quite flexible. It will bend with the pot metal.

Tell us how it works out.

Alexander
1959 Hardtop
1960 Golde Top
__________________
Alexander
1959 Hard Top
1960 Golde Top
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-12-2003, 10:13 AM
Rockin Kev Rockin Kev is offline
Experienced
 
Join Date: Oct 31 2002
Posts: 254
Rockin Kev is on a distinguished road
Default RE: Electronic Ignition

Eric
Pomona swap meet hhhhmmmm! I loved to go there this is where two of our English dealers go with shopping list for customers so have a good time. I will now think twice about crome on the scoop and there is a Yank scrap yard here with two Squarebirds in so i will try and get you a new scoop( thats if the cars aint crushed!).
Kevin
PS
Alex can you post details of the crome company please thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-12-2003, 06:08 PM
Eric Eric is offline
Apprentice
 
Join Date: Nov 11 2002
Posts: 76
Eric
Default RE: Electronic Ignition

Kevin,
Thanks for your consideration about the scoop. It can happen that I need one, but I should try to bend that one I have first. I think it could be difficult to bend it whiteout doing any waves. Did you get my e-mail I sent from this board?

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-12-2003, 09:12 PM
Rockin Kev Rockin Kev is offline
Experienced
 
Join Date: Oct 31 2002
Posts: 254
Rockin Kev is on a distinguished road
Default RE: Electronic Ignition

Eric
Sorry i did not get the e-mail.
Kevin.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:51 AM.

Driving, racing or working on cars can be hazardous. The procedures and advice on this website including the message board are opinion only. Squarebirds.org and its webmasters and contributors do not guarantee the correctness of the advice and procedures. The Squarebirds.org and its webmasters assume no liability for any damage, fines, punishment, injury or death resulting from following these procedures or advice. If you do not have the skills or tools to repair your car, please consult a professional. By using this site you agree to hold harmless the Squarebirds.org, its authors and its webmasters from any resulting claim and costs that may occur from using the information found on this site.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Any submissions to this site and any post on this site becomes property of Squarebirds.org . The webmasters reserve the right to edit and modify any submissions to this site. All material on this is site is copyrighted by the Squarebirds.org. Reproduction by any means other than for personal use is strictly prohibited. Permission to use material on this site can be obtained by contacting the webmasters. Copyright 2002-2016 by Squarebirds.org.