How to fit a Positive Powerspark electronic ignition kit:

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These instructions are for our positive earth ignition kits only. See separate post for negative earth.

Before you begin, it’s a good idea to disconnect the car battery. Most Powerspark® kits can be fitted to the distributor while still in the car. If you choose to remove the distributor, turn the engine to Top Dead Centre and mark the distributor / rotor position carefully.

Remove the distributor cap, rotor arm, contact points and condenser carefully, retaining the screws and withdraw the wires through the distributor body.

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Test fit the module first and then apply a small amount of the white thermal grease provided (2 or 3 small blobs is sufficient) to the underside of the module baseplate, leave the screws fitted. Some kits are pre-fitted to a complete baseplate, in which case the thermal grease is not required.

Check there is sufficient slack in the wires inside the distributor body for the base plate to turn when a vacuum unit is fitted, inserting the rubber grommet or plastic plug to prevent the wires from chaffing. Secure the wires in the distributor body using the supplied cable tie to keep these out of the way of moving parts.

Fit the new trigger ring pressing down gently onto the shaft. Some kits have more than one trigger ring, use the one that fits best. On occasion the ring can be tight and may need to be carefully sanded to make it wider. Only do this to make minor alterations.

Fit the rotor arm and rotate the spindle to check there is clearance between the module and the trigger, and that the rotor arm does not foul the module.

The kit will find it’s own position but if the ring and kit touch then move the module to achieve a close but not touching position (3 or 4 mm maximum).

Locate the live feed from the ignition switch to the coil and disconnect it from the coil. Connect this wire to the the WHITE wire from the Powerspark® kit.

Connect the BLACK wire from the Powerspark® kit to to the coil() terminal (sometimes labelled ‘1‘) ensuring no other wire is on that same side.

Make up a new wire to connect the coil(+) to earth or ground. The coil mounting bracket is often a good location for this.

Failure to connect the wires correctly may result in damage to the Powerspark module. Never connect 12v directly to the black wire.

Refit the distributor cap, start the engine. Check and adjust the dynamic timing for best running.

Troubleshooting:

If you can’t get the ignition to work once installed, try these suggestions:

  • Check the coil resistance prior to fitting this unit to ensure that your coil has a resistance of more than 1.5 ohms.
  • Check that the ignition feed from the ignition switch is not connected to the coil.
  • The Black wire must be connected to the coil(-) or ‘1’.
  • Check that the coil(+) terminal is connected to a good earth. 
  • For testing purposes, no other wires should be attached to the coil terminals, except for the centre HT lead to the distributor cap.
  • Check the condition of the cap and rotor arm (replacing them if possible for testing).
  • Do not connect coil(-) to earth.

Funday Friday – Which Classic would You Choose?

Posted: October 16, 2020 by goodshoutmedia in Reference

Here’s a bit of Friday Fun.
All of British cars are available in a forthcoming auction…
Which one would you like to own?

An occasional blog series where we find cars from around the internet and try to persuade you to buy them… 

What is it?

It’s a Mini…. or at least, it’s MOST of a Mini. It’s missing a bit of length in the floorpan, the doors, windows and roof. It’s AWESOME.

Errr, what?

It’s a Shorty Mini convertible, sort of like a Beach Buggy but made in the UK. We think it looks like a whole heap of fun.

Where did you find it?

It’s for sale on eBay here.

Why buy it?

The seller quite rightly points out that it’d make the perfect promotional vehicle, so why not?

How much is it?

Right now at the time of writing it’s a shade under five hundred quid with five days to go.

Is that a lot?

Erm, who knows? Where this one ends up is anyones guess. We might just have to have a cheeky bid.

But can I fit Powerspark Electronic Ignition?

What, Electronic Ignition for a Classic Mini? that’s bread and butter for Powerspark Ignition!

In fact, if you do buy it, contact [email protected], and we’ll send you some freebies.

Own a Mini and need a distributor, HT leads of an ignition coil? Click the links!

An occasional blog series where we find cars from around the internet and try to persuade you to buy them… 

What is it?

It’s an Aston Martin DB6 Estate Car, of course! Forget the Volvo 240 Torslanda, this is the wagon you want for your winter weeks away.

Errr, what?

Traditional coachbuilders Harold Radford & Co converted 12 of these Aston Martin’s to ‘Shooting Brake’ spec, with 8 in Right Hand Drive and 4 in Left Hand Drive. This one was built NEW as a station wagon, complete with roof rack. It’s done 50,000 original miles and is simply beautiful.

Where did you find it?

For sale with Bonhams Auctions, as part of their August 14th sale. It’s estimate at £ 760,000 – 910,000.

Why buy it?

First of all, to go surfing. Secondly, because it’s super cool, highly exclusive and very unusual. Wouldn’t it just look great with a longboard on the roof at Woolacombe or Croyde Bay? We like the idea and the very antithesis of the utterly preposterous expense of a car with a surfboard on top.

How much is it?

It’s estimated at three-quarters of a million pounds, to a bit under a million, giving quite a large window.

The £150,000 ‘leeway’ in the middle just goes to show that even Bonhams aren’t too sure where the hammer will fall on this car.

Is that a lot?

Who knows? You can’t buy another one.

If you want a DB5 you’ll need somewhere between £600,000 and £900,000 depending on which way the wind is blowing, and a DB6 comes in just a snip less.
An estate, though? We shall find out, and blog about it.

But can I fit Powerspark Electronic Ignition?

Yes of course you can! We’ve done extensive research on this for customers in the past, and our ‘D12 or D62H’ high energy distributor is the one for the job.

This is a Lucas 25D6 based distributor, not too dissimilar to the type used by the Austin Healey.

More photos of the 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake:

An occasional blog series where we find cars from around the internet and try to persuade you to buy them… 

steve coogan e type

What is it?

It’s Steve Coogan’s Jaguar E Type, or at least it was, until yesterday.

Obviously being Alan Partidge’s car, it had to be just right. The TV star bought this (then red) Jaguar E Type after a long search for the perfect Jaaaaag, then had it restored inch-perfectly.

Errr, what?

We’ll break it down carefully… Very early car (one of the first 92 in right hand drive), outside bonnet locks, flat floor, demonstrator model. It was also the first E Type to enter Scotland.

Coogan bought it in recent years, when it was painted red. It was featured in Classic & Sports Car, and at the time the full history and significance of the Jag had just been uncovered. At the end of the article, Coogan hinted that it would be restored to it’s factory original specification.

Where did you find it?

It just sold at Silverstone Auctions online sale, actually.

Why buy it?

In E Type terms, this is about as good as they get.

How much is it?

Interestingly, Silverstone Auctions have now revised the web page so it says ‘undisclosed sum’, but we seem to remember that on Saturday the hammer price was stated as £316,000.

Is that a lot?

In Jaguar E Type terms, yes, but also no. The cost of restoring one of these cars is pretty huge, and this is a very significant car. The estimate against the sale was £300,000 to £350,000, so it hit right in the middle of the guestimate.

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But can I fit Powerspark Electronic Ignition?

We thought you’d never ask! Yes Mr Customer, we would love to fit aftermarket electronic ignition and our own HT leads to your inch-perfect, concours ready, factory original in every way Jaguar E Type.

You’ll be needing a Powerspark 45D6 Electronic Distributor, these L6 HT  Leads and why not go for a Viper ignition coil at the same time?

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We had seen Steve Hewitt on some of the classic car Facebook groups, so decided to get in touch and find out more about his build.

Steve has a great YouTube channel, where he’s documenting the process to restore his classic Mini. What’s really interesting is that Steve is painting the car at home, with enamel paint, the old fashioned way. Take a look at his videos and be sure to subscribe by clicking here.

We’ll be sending Steve some Powerspark Ignition goodies for the Mini, like 8mm HT Leads, a fresh distributor and of course a Viper ignition coil.

Further bulletins as events warrant, we look forward to seeing the car on the road!

Purists, avert your eyes! This one isn’t Trimph Red with Black Leather, like the owner tells us it should be… No, this one is painted in Ferrari Rosso Red with Tan Leather interior, and boy does it look fantastic.

Visitors - Triumph TR6

Not only does it look fantastic but it SOUNDS fantastic too. Know why? It’s firing on a Powerspark Electronic Ignition Kit, fitted some 7 years ago and still going strong. In fact, the customer likes the Powerspark kit so much, he popped by to collect a K6 ignition kit for a performance Volkswagen beetle belonging to a friend!

So, what Powerspark equipment does a Triumph TR6 use?

All Triumph TR cars use either a Lucas 25D6 Distributor or a Delco 6 Cylinder.

If your car has a Lucas 25D6 Distributor, then you’ll need our K1 Electronic Ignition Kit.
We also do a complete replacement distributor for the Lucas 25D6, in points or electronic.

If your car has a Delco 6 Cylinder Distributor, then you’ll need our K26 Electronic Ignition Kit. We also do a complete replacement Delco 6 Cylinder distributor.

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The guys over at Fellows Speed Shop are often in the area, as they buy ignition parts and fuel pumps from Powerspark Ignition. Today they popped by in their ‘shop truck, which houses one of their special secrets… The air cooled flat four is gone, replaced by Subaru power.

Why put a Subaru engine in a classic Volkswagen?

There are a number of reasons to do this, primarily power, drivability, heating, and fuel economy. The four cylinder Subaru engine is generally 30 years newer than the engine it replaces.

Fellows Speed Shop don’t just do engines, they also do big brake conversions… Why not get in touch and see if they can build your dream Volkswagen?

Give them a follow on Facebook or Instagram, they do cool work.

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An occasional blog series where we find cars from around the internet and try to persuade you to buy them… 

Austin-Healey-127

What is it?

1964 Austin Healey 3000 in the perfect colour combination.

Errr, what?

A Big Healey, don’t you know, a hairy chested British sportscar, with no roof, from the days when real men drove convertibles and the term ‘hair dressers car’ hadn’t been invented.

Where did you find it?

For sale through a dealer, here.

Why buy it?

If not because it’s one of the most elegant British designs ever made, then because you didn’t buy one 10 years ago when they were half the price. For that reason, you should buy one now, because on that logic in another 10 years these will be £100,000+.

Anyway, it’s a beautiful and very usable classic car.

How much is it?

£64,995 as stated.

Is that a lot?

No, not really. You could always buy this one for £12,500 and spend £50,000 and two years restoring it and then… oh wait, that doesn’t make sense.

But can I fit Powerspark Electronic Ignition?

Absolutely. We do a wide range of products for the Austin Healey, we’d call them best sellers. We can do an ignition kit, a complete distributor, ignition coil and HT leads.

Austin Healey 3000 Complete Distributor
Austin Healey 3000 Electronic Ignition Kit
Austin Healey 3000 Ignition Leads
Austin Healey 3000 Ignition Coil

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Here’s some more photos of the beautiful car…

 

 

An occasional blog series where we find cars from around the internet and try to persuade you to buy them… 

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What is it?

Thanks for asking, it’s a 1974 Volvo 240DL Estate

Where did you find it?

Browsing the classic car section on eBay, of course.

Why buy it?

Launched in 1974, the Volvo 240is the iconic boxy estate and the undisputed father of the whole estate car movement. Think of the 740, 940, 850, V70 and all the other famous Volvos that follow, well this is great grandad. Respect your elders!

Volvo estates have been enjoying an impressive surge in values and interest, and this one is believed to be the oldest 240 Estate in the country. That makes it cool…. BUT…

It’s not just that. Take a look at the interior, sure, the outside needs a little work but this car harks back to a simpler time, and don’t those red seats just look wonderful?

It’s a couple of weekends work and a very exciting trip to the beach.

How much is it?

At the time of writing, £1,600 with four days to go.

Is that a lot?

It’s hard to say. It clearly needs some work, but the early ones just aren’t around any more. Good late cars are expensive!

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But can I fit Powerspark Electronic Ignition? 

Yes, the Volvo 240 Series uses our K6 Electronic Ignition Kit.

If I buy it, what will Powerspark Ignition give me?

Go on, do a bid, we’ll rustle up some HT leads and an ignition coil for you.

Bought the car and want to claim your prize? Phone Powerspark Ignition on 01527 889 453 and quote the reference ‘I bought that car you told me to buy

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Here’s some more photos of the car…

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