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Ignition cut out

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:27 am
by giddo
I once had a similar fault that was eventually traced to the coil breaking down, mostly when hot. I'm even thinking of moving my Scimitar coil to the side of the engine bay, so here's hoping your new coil zonks it.

Ignition cut out

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:37 pm
by Rev Light
Weeeell,

Coil and new Accuspark unit came today. Ballast type with matching blue coil. However, I cannot start the car now. Red wire connected to 12v from ignition, not via Eureka wire, before anyone asks, i.e. not from the coil.

I was expecting the car to just start. But it did not. Not a peep!

The first suggestion is to rotate the distributer until it fires. However my distributer is fixed in position, as you would expect.

I assume that the small bolt at the base of the distributer needs to be undone? The one that is very difficult, nay almost impossible to get to with a normal socket and extension, behind the timing cover?

Not looking good so far.

Gone from intermittent fault to a complete 'non-starter'

Hey ho.

Dacia is looking promising for France...

Ignition cut out

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:01 pm
by willholderogri
I had massive problems with the stealth took ages to fire up .normal acuspark was fine though

Ignition cut out

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:15 pm
by willholderogri
1/2 inch socket 3/8 drive long thin extension bar should undo it easy enough

Ignition cut out

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:16 pm
by willholderogri
Make sure you have a spark

Ignition cut out

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:36 pm
by scimjim
1/2” socket on 1/4” extension drive is much easier. Was the accusation identical to the one you removed? I think they changed the design after some complaints a while back? Stick a strobe on it to confirm.

Ignition cut out

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:37 pm
by willholderogri
Sorry I meant 1/4 drive

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Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:41 pm
by Rev Light
Yes, it looked different, the back plate was a different shape, so one of the screws went into a different hole. I will see if my brother has a drive that is longer than any I have

Ignition cut out

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:56 pm
by philhoward
I think it was that unit which required significant adjustment to the timing when fitting - subsequently modified as Jim says..

Ignition cut out

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:43 pm
by Roger Pennington
Wasn't there also a problem where some people found it fouled the vacuum advance, preventing full movement?

I think this lengthy thread in the members' archive may be the one that refers?

Ignition cut out

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:13 pm
by Rev Light
She runs!

Yes the distributer needed rotating 90° to get her to fire. The sensor on the new Acuspark is a similar offset from the one that was removed I set the timing up to 14° btdc. Although that might be a degree or two advanced ? It's a late SE5a, not that it has its original engine. Take her out for a run later and see where we get.

Cheers

Ignition cut out

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:50 pm
by Rev Light
Well, she ran okay for the 30 or 40 minutes that I was out, if not a little livelier. Not sure there was much wrong with the items I removed, however, as when I was wiring the Accuspark in, I found another dodgy spade connecter from the ignition.

However the exercise has useful, and the car is running. A trip to work and back during the week will give me the confidence to take her to France next weekend.

Ignition cut out

Posted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:38 am
by willholderogri
If you take it to France I have a working stealth you can have as a backup .