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Farmer Dan    Posted 01-19-2019 at 07:52:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • How do you keep busy?
  • With my disability I have not been in my shop since February, good news is I can use a walker and make it to my dinning room table. I rebuild distributors as a hobby so I have moved the tooling I need to work on them. Not happy with the way I test them though.

    This does not tell me if the condenser or coil are good. Or if it will deliver a good hot spark. So lately I have been working on a rig to test everything.

    Using as many stock parts as possible I came up with this. I can turn it with a crank handle or remove it and turn it with a cordless drill. This will allow me to test for a good hot spark at the plug and also run it for a period of time to see if the condenser or coil will overheat or fail.

    I was working on the electrical side of it when the smoke made my COPD flair up and I had to stop. Plan to run it with a 500 watt 12 volt dc power supply when I catch my breath again LOL.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 01-20-2019 at 05:07:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I usually use the winter for projects like rebuilding carbs and distributors. I have three carbs in queue now, one will be going on my 8N in the spring. My latest project is resurrecting a few vintage Ford/Motorola/Bendix car radios for a friend. I'm trying to find a schematic for them but no luck thus far. These used vacuum tubes -solid state/IC's were not around in the 50's. It shouldn't be hard tracing the circuit upstream -one wire will be 12V power; another the speaker connection, stereo wasn't invented yet either so only a single monaural output; another wire for the ground; and the fourth for the antenna. I found a lot of places that claim to "restore" your vintage radio but most all just want to convert the shells into CD, DVD, and MP3 players -no thanks. If I owned a vintage car or truck, I'd want the OEM AM radio, FM car radios were not invented yet either. One could always add a hidden CD player and have ho-made CD's of period correct music playing and in mono too. Maybe add a reverb unit to the system as many guys had in the 50's.

    Anyway, see you later today, Danny Boy...I'll bring some of my homemade Navy Bean Soup. It'll be a quick warmer-upper on this day, currently showing 7įF. We only got 4"-5" of snow here but I shoveled last night and drifts were over 12".

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 01-21-2019 at 07:51:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Tim,

    Some chance I may have schematics. Must ask one question. Are you sure they are 12 volt? As I remember Transistor outputs came in soon after the 12 volt changeover.

    I'll try to remember to look later today. Model numbers would help.


    Larry TX    Posted 01-21-2019 at 10:35:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Jack, back in my earlier years, I owned a '57 GMC pick up, then a '57 Chevy pick up and a '57 Chevy two door sedan automobile. All three had 12 volt electrical systems as well as AM radios.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 01-21-2019 at 15:51:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Can't speak for General Motors vehicles but my 1952 Ford was 6 volt. Pretty sure 1953 Fords were 12 volt.

    Taught a class on transistors, probably in 1960. They did not make their way to cars for several years. Starting with output transistors and later moving into the signal transistors.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 01-19-2019 at 11:55:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Reminds me of a similar thing I did many years ago. I was hand holding the dist and spinning it. I found the coil voltage used me for a ground quite well.
    Hope you at least have the VA financially contributing to your health care.

    Farmer Dan    Posted 01-19-2019 at 15:37:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • VA has been a big help.

    AL CT    Posted 01-19-2019 at 09:39:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • A while back, did you have your tractor for sale? Did you ever sell it? I don't need it, just being curious.

    Farmer Dan    Posted 01-19-2019 at 10:19:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I did, Maude my 1940 9N will be leaving for her new home tomorrow.

    Philny    Posted 01-19-2019 at 23:39:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Sorry to hear about you selling your old tractor,I remember when you had to patch the rearend housing you did a great job. Iíve not been on here regular is your health good? Enjoy your retirement youíll never be so busy.

    lonestarjeff    Posted 01-19-2019 at 13:44:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I hate to hear Maude is going to a new home, Dan. You know she'll serve her new owner well, though.

    Walt/Tx    Posted 01-19-2019 at 11:25:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I hate to hear that Dan, old Maude has been part of the N Club family for the 10 years Iíve been on the site.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 01-19-2019 at 11:49:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Ditto!

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