So a friend of mine called this morning and he found this HCCT tester for sale. It turns, but is missing the electrode and the gauge doesn't work. The rest looks complete and decent. I have to make an offer. I wanted to be fair, so I figured I would ask the experts. Thanks in advance. Paul
I'll give 50 bucks and drive up from Tn. and get it! :-} Seriously on ebay it would go for as much as 1200. KGB
Non-working one at Chickasha was being offered for $950. Don't think it sold don't remember the maker
So as far as hcct testers go, is this an early or late? Would it be a good one to fix and use or are there ones that are better than others? Just looking for some background. Sometimes I like the old tools more than my T, sometimes!
Except for the gauge the might just need the cob webs removed (LOL) from non use, the pointer which can be gotten and the choke (I don't think it's needed to checking coils) which Lang's may still carry if bad, should work as well as any other.
If you get it, take it apart clean and paint, grease the shaft, charge the magnets and fix the meter and use it.
Looks just like the one I have sitting in the shop before it got painted.
I got $800 for one in very good operating condition several years ago. I use an original "motorized" KR Wilson.
FYI - It would be about $200 to refurbish the meter depending on what was wrong with it. Does the pointer move at all?
The price on those things should be falling in the near future. Way too clunky as compared to you-know-what !!
Could be the coil in the tester has open secondary winding ? Have a chance to use tester with known good coil ?
He is missing the electrode that would make the sparks as the disk is turned.
Here is a photo of the back side of that disk and the missing electrode on one like it that I restored.
Thanks for the info so far. I have not physically had my hands on it yet to check it over. I am awaiting an email from the owner to go take a look.
Not working or unknown, 4-600.00. Working, you can get 900.00 or more.
I have been buying, selling and restoring Model T Ford hand cranked ignition coil testers for over 25 years.
You are welcome to contact me directly for a fair status and price evaluation of your HCCT.
I will spare you opinions and uninformed forward looking statements which are not based in fact.
Ron the Coilman
Yep, Ron is the man to talk to! Personally I like my home built fine, rewound my own mag ring and with parts I bought I have about 30 bucks in it. Would have liked an original but being poor makes you come up with alternatives. Gary Tilstrom made up a set of plans for everyone interested a few years back, lots have been built from them. KGB
Agreed that the only accurate measure of what it's worth would likely come from Ron. He has more experience and has owned / refurbished more than probably anyone in the hobby.
As to the home built HCCT's, I have always believed that would be a perfect project for a chapter to tackle. But, it is such an easy project that anyone can have one for not much money.
I understand that there is a coolness factor in having an original but the difference in $ will put a lot of beer in the garage fridge!
I have rebuilt 6 HCCTs and I have two repros (the type sold by Langs). Ron contributed parts or information on all six of them, including where to get two meters rebuilt and the electrode in the above photo.
Nice find. That is the most desirable model of the Allen HCCTs. It's got the most practical layout for testing coils in volume. I bought a field fresh one from Ron several years ago and restored it. Once I put it in service, I sold my Ford HCCT and never looked back. I've run over a thousand coils through it without a glitch.
I should add that you can get the electrode from Bob Scherzer, he posts here on the forum sometimes.
If the meter dial is in bad condition I have new dial plate artwork for both the Weston and Jewel meters if you need one.
I got one for free from a guy who paid $2 for it. BUT......that doesn't happen to me very often. He didn't know what it was. I told him what he had and he said he wasn't a T guy and it sounded like I needed it worse than he did. He said to come see him and he would make me an offer I couldn't refuse. The only thing he wanted in return was that I bring it back to him and show him how it worked after I restored it. It had an interesting story behind it. It had come out of the auto shop of the "Colored" high school in Claxton, GA.