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ET: Engine (Twin) series c distributor

Bill Thomas

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I am not clever, But if you think of an old single cylinder BSA, There is no rotor arm, So just a wire to the dist'
From the coil and the other + feed wire to the coil.
The 2 ended coil I used had to be for Points !!, Not electric ignition, Different ohms !.
Len has used it for years, I didn't trust it so carried all the standard stuff, Easy to change back,
I was out "Testing ", Playing silly beggers, And it made a bad noise, Smelt really bad and stopped !!.
My timed breather pinion came loose on the alloy centre and took the teeth off the fibre pinion.
I was testing for performance with the wasted spark, Some say you loose a bit of power, But I found it was fine,
Till it went bang :D , Long push on a very hot day, Too old for this !.
I fixed it in a few days and have been out since.DSCN0136 (3).JPG

Bill Thomas

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Yes Bruce, First thing I did when it packed up was back to standard "D",
I had the standard cap and coil and leads, And rotor With me.
I had not had the T/case off in 38 years !!, So my fault really,
It was going so well.
It's not been often I haven't got home, Under my own steam, If I had a fault with my Bikes,
But me and the Bikes are getting old now, Must admit I worry about it a lot now.
Been thinking about a New Suzuki V Strom 1050, But the Wife says NO.


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To Digress slightly I am going to use an Alton generator and a Thor bright spark fitted to the end of the magneto where the points are. This is on my post war Douglas magdynamo my reasoning is I need a dynamo so an Alton is the best choice now I have a reliable source of electricity why spend out getting a mag done when it can serve as a perfectly good coil ignition platform?


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Norton model 50 and others had a mag style 3 hole pickup for their distributors when they had to drop magnetos I think Velos did too I guess you could squeeze a modified pazon pickup set up in there
if only there were an auto jumble you could soon find a donor one.

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