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Re: Vintage ignition coils

From: Ian Howell
Category: Pre War
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Date: 20 Jun 2005
Time: 09:38:56


Ken: - Thanks for the prompt reply - I guess you had more time at the weekend than I did as I was 'marshalling' my son on the London - Brighton bike ride (Two - 'cylinders', one fell off!). Yes, I had the same thought about putting a new coil in an old casing. It shouldn't be too difficult to find a set of 6 volt 'works' that will fit in the old casing. Without having tried it, there seems to be plenty of room around new coils and they are often fitted with a ballast resistor. As I understand it, this means in effect that they run on about 6 volts with the ballast normally dropping the voltage, but when starting, what is left of the 12 volt supply when the starter is engaged is applied direct to the coil, giving a boost during starting. Finally, I suppose a 'conventional' 6 volt coil off something like the old Ford 'Popular'would work perfectly well, and it should be possible to fabricate a 'saddle' to fit the dynamo. We shall have to wait and see (Now, where have I heard that before?! . . . If my other researches turn anything up I will let you know. Regards Ian Howell

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