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Bob    Posted 04-07-2023 at 21:20:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Front Mount Distributor Coil Relocation
  • It is time to do something about the ignition coil on my 48N.

    I see a document in the how to section regarding the relocation of the coil on a front mount distributor. There isn't much in the way of descriptive text, some of the pictures leave me with more questions than answers.

    I like the idea of making a platform to mount something to attach the coil wire to, rather than gutting a bad coil, as getting the coil out of the mix simplifies things.

    So what material was used for the platform? It looks like some fiber reinforced plastic.

    How is it attached? I see a couple screws in the picture, but there aren't any details. I see on my distributor there is one threaded hole (I think that is where the condenser used to mount?), but it would take more than one screw to hold the piece securely to ensure good contact with the cap.

    What is used for the plug wire connection to the distributor cap?

    Sign me, 'A Different Bob Than The Bob Asking About The Hydraulic Valve Threads'


    Tool Pro    Posted 04-08-2023 at 06:33:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Hey Bob, you say, "...It is time to do something about the ignition coil on my 48N." What is the problem with your current (pun intended) situation? How did you verify your coil is bad? Don't guess. Problem solve. You can do a basic test with your VOM set to OHMS. The 6V coil should read 1.3 OHMS static, a 12V coil double that. The distributor must be timed and tested right. Do you know how to do that? What picture are you looking at. Not a cheap procedure either. Is your setup the original 6V/POS GRN one now or did you try to convert to 12V? Whichever system, is it wired correctly? 99.98% of all non-starting/non-running issues are caused by incorrect wiring. The front mount distributor must be mounted only one way. You do know the cam head has an offset female slot on it and the distributor cam & weights have an offset male tang and when assembled must mate up perfectly, right? If you get it off 180 deg, you destroy the base at power up and render it junk. Tell us more. Exactly how is everything wired now? Get the Wiring Pictograms by JMOR under How-To's forum under Electrical forum to see all the correct ways to wire these N's. "... getting the coil out of the mix simplifies things..." I'm confused. System won't work without a coil unless you go to a magneto. Another option is going to an EI system. Sounds to me like you have some serious wiring problems. Verify the system and problem solve.Here are some correct pages from the manuals and other documents on the 8N front mount distributor if you don't already have them. There is a document somewhere that allows you to swap out the front coil to the angle mount coil, but don't think this is it - see link from the How-To's here.

    Bob    Posted 04-08-2023 at 08:40:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Front Mount Distributor Coil Relocation
  • Thanks for the reply.

    Nothing wrong with the coil I have, tested at 1.5 ohms.

    I converted the distributor to a Pertronix setup about 15 years ago. It has performed flawlessly, but as I have put a lot of time on the tractor in the years since, it is time to refurbish the ignition. I picked up a new cap and rotor, plugs and wires for a tuneup. The location of the distributor makes the work difficult, and the coil adds another dimension of difficulty.

    If it isnít in the picture, I believe the work would be much easier.

    So I want to relocate the coil.

    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 04-08-2023 at 04:42:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Bob, click here to purchase the kit

    Bob    Posted 04-08-2023 at 08:43:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks Ed!

    I didnít know this was available. Pertronix has a complete kit, including the ignitor assembly, for over $300, but I have a perfectly functioning ignitor already.

    This kit from Summit will get me where I want to be.


    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 04-10-2023 at 06:57:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Front Mount Distributor Coil Relocation
  • Excellent! Glad that it will solve your "serious wiring problems."

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