Does anyone have experience of using a timer made by TW Components of Indianapolis? A company in England (T Service) is recommending and selling them. They look OK but any thoughts would be welcome.
I have a couple thousand miles on one with zero trouble — haven't been able to say that about the common repro roller timers.
I put one in my car three weeks ago. So far I like it. The only thing is that it has to stay clean so you need to have a good cam seal.
Here are a few recent threads where the TW brush timer is mentioned:
Conclusion is it's a well thought out design that works well.
With a modern cam seal you don't have to worry about the timer for a long time. http://www.modeltford.com/item/3177OS.aspx
Ford tried out a similar design for a short period in 1919, but they didn't get it to work satisfactory - likely because they used a too hard material for the brush. The carbon brush in the TW timer works better than the old Ford version.
Ian, I was probably one of the earlier purchasers of the TW timer, as I bought one as soon as I heard of it here on the forum. I ran it a short while on my '15 before I yanked the engine for rebuilding, it worked great. Now it's on my '12 and still works fine. The brush is a bit tricky to install, but Tony as now developed a very simple wire thing to remedy that. Discovered on my '12 that I don't have to push the spark advance down quite as far for desired performance. Never have to lube them.
I've got one on order - can't wait until it gets here to try it. As much as the Anderson is reliable, the cylinder to cylinder timing changes as it wears. That becomes problematic for those of us who run the coils on DC.
Absolutely fantastic design -well thought out ,great customer support and works really well -Karl
I have had one on my 26 since buying it at Hershey this past fall and like it. At this point, 800 miles, everything still looks as new.
Dave, did yours come with that little wire to enable mounting the cover over the brush easier?
I have installed many TW timers with excellent results. Great reliability and none of the problems seen with the other current favorite types. If you have an early version without the feature making it a bit easier to install, send it back to Tony and he will make the simple modification.
Ron the Coilman
I plan on picking one up at The Model T Homecoming in Indiana. I like to stay as correct as possible but, my car is a '19 so a brush timer is correct....right?
Can someone post a picture of the modification? I would like to do it myself if possible, rather than sending it back.
I will put a drawing showing how to modify your existing carriers up on my website www.twcomponents.com over the weekend.
It will be a downloadable pdf.