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Postby Born1928 » Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:51 am

Re: The carbon post that makes the connection between the coil wire and the rotor. Is it supposed to be spring loaded? The one in my distributor seems to be locked in place--could be contributing to my starting problems and seeming lack of good spark. 1973 Lo Boy 154
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Re: distributor cap

Postby Phazer » Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:03 pm

I was thinking the tang on the rotor is springy.
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Re: distributor cap

Postby Born1928 » Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:45 pm

The tang is springy, but it seems I saw somewhere the carbon post was spring loaded. At least it is on some other distributor caps I've seen.
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Re: distributor cap

Postby Phazer » Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:00 pm

I think it falls under the K.I.S.S. theory. Everything else nowadays, (at least with a distributor), does have a spring-loaded button. But . . . the cub cap has one less thing to go wrong in it.
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Re: distributor cap

Postby Gary Dotson » Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:52 am

The carbon post on the cub is not spring loaded.
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Re: distributor cap

Postby Born1928 » Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:03 pm

Thanks for your reply, Mr Dotson.
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Re: distributor cap

Postby chugah chugah » Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:48 pm

I had the same question but found the spark end of the tang had broke off so riveted an extension that seems to work ok- no parts store round here
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Re: distributor cap

Postby Born1928 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:18 pm

Chugah. I remember well all the steel wheeled tractors like the Furgeson and the Fordson. Back during WWII I used to work for a neighboring farmer who had an old steel-wheeled 15-30 IH. That tractor drove like the proverbial log wagon, but had plenty of power. The farmer did not use coolant in the radiator but used plain water, which boiled out rather rapidly when the tractor was running at full power. Ever so often I would drive back to the barn and refill the radiator with water. It's a wonder the hot block didn't crack but those old tractors were mighty tough. That farmer also had a team of horses but they were very skittish. Once while using them to mow hay, they spooked and broke away from the mower. I ran as fast as my legs could carry me to close the gate to the field knowing if the horses ever got out I might never see them again. I did a lot of work for this farmer who was an old bachelor, but spent considerable amount of time away from his farm courting a lady in the town nearby.
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Re: distributor cap

Postby chugah chugah » Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:12 am

Teen days -oh, we thought those days would never end eh
especially if we wanted to be off with friends
that old tractor was a sight - no muffler and you had to stand on the clutch to get a gear
we were clearing old bottom land with massive old growth
that thing could skid good - we had some cordoroy? sections and my dad was a blaster so lots of upended stumps from pole cutting and firewood to pile and burn- I swung a crosscut there on 4 foot standing timber before we got a powersaw
the neighbour let a fire get away and our 40 acres burnt-its now suburbs where I saw my first cougar
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