Just had my coils rebuilt last May, and my car has never run better. My question is how long on average can i expect my coils to stay in tune and functioning properly since i don't have the equipment to check them. Is there any rule of thumb, or guideline you guys go by?
The set I have in my 24 now have been running well for the last 8K. I check them once in a while on the HCCT but have had to do no tweaking, I always keep a couple spares in the car. Don't think there is any real way to know the life other than just keep going. Remember you can always limp home on three coils, you can't on a broken distributor or electronic set up, Not trying to get anyone's ire up, just saying. KGB
Years on Patterson rebuilt coils with no adjustment whatsoever and still going strong.
Seems to me Ron says they're good for about 7,000 miles.
John , A newly rebuilt set of coil running new day or Anderson timer will last me one year. Performance starts to deteriorate at about 7,000 miles but in 2008 I ran them 11,550 miles before changing points. I did change out one coil that misses intermittently in 2008. It is always good to have a spare coil with you.
Thanks guys, got the car in April and didn't start driving it till about mid June. After going through all the things that needed attention and replacement, i might have tallied up a whopping 300 miles.Seems i might be OK for awhile, but will still purchase a spare coil or two like suggested...Thanks again.
I replaced the points and capacitors 27,000km ago.
Not the slightest bit of trouble since. They run on 6V.
I have made it home on two!
I guess my horse REALLY wanted to get back to the barn.
I probably would have called a rollback had I not already seen a 1/2 T engine running on youtube.
I'll bet I was begging for a broken crank.
I also made it home once (about 15 miles) with the timer not clamped in. It was just hanging on the spark advance rod and the wiring harness.
It wasn't seated in the front cover, just hanging (New Day timer). Naturally I could have fixed it in less than a minute had I known what was going on but
it was raining and I didn't want to get any wetter. I know I should have stopped but I'm glad I didn't because now I have (I think) a really cool "it got me home" story.