Started 26 RPU tonight to take my wife to town for supper. Started on battery as usual and backed it out. I borrowed coils till mine are rebuilt and its been running great. I e read a lot on forum about what good coils can do for a T and its all true. I tried running on mag before and it ran rough , very rough. Tonight I thought IDE try it with new coils and it runs great. I thought I had a weak or bad mag but it seems to be working good. Will try it on the road tonight and see.74 degrees today and that is rare here. We will be taking the long way home tonight. It was warm but I started it on mag for 1st time tonight.
Guess you can tell it made my day !
Drive safe and often
A properly setup set of coils is a joy to drive with. Even on that "noisy" magneto the coils just "tick tick tick" along mile after mile and life is good.
I just LOVE that sweet music issuing from the coil box in all of my pre-Improved cars. I truly feel sorry for those folks whose coils are imprisoned under the hood and thereby are deprived of that distinctive four part harmony.
With coil music and pleasant exhaust notes a radio is entirely uncalled for.
Get out there and motor.
If the car starts on MAG, your magneto is very good.
My 1915 starts and runs well on MAG but I can never hear my coils making noise. I feel cheated!
Got my 1st. mag start with a dead cold motor after doing the coils and having them set up properly. Much improved running too.
People are "funny"! So many forum guys rave about the joy of listening to the "music" of the coils "singing!! And then there are so many that insist that when watching a video of Model T's in action, the video absolutely must have some kind of background music like a "twangy" banjos playing country music or something, completely drowning out any sound of the Model T engine or coils or anything else! I often wonder if those guys that can't stand to watch Model T videos of a tour or something without "old time" or country music, also install radios or CD players in their Model T's,....??? Never heard of that, right? Why, if you must have "T" videos WITH music, why doesn't it make sense to have a CD player installed in your Model T so you can hear that great banjo noise while you're driving your Model T,....right??? Oh well,....that's just me "ranting" again,....sorry,.....harold
P.S. By the way, I realize that I must be totally WRONG here, because on television, "ALL" automobile commercials absolutely "MUST" have loud, overbearing, obnoxious "music" blaring away while they're trying to sell cars, right?
When I finished my 15 many of the members of our club asked to hear it running. Seems they had bowed to the naysayers and they all had converted to distributors, because they were told that coil and mag ignitions were unreliable and don't perform as well.
It's interesting, because they often tell me to slow down. And since my first year with T's my coil ignitions on my cars have never let me down. Only problems encountered in all of my touring (close to 1,000 miles per year over 10 years) have been gummed carburetor once and broken timer wire once.
Takes a bit of maintenance on a regular basis, but these cars are truly a joy to drive as Henry produced them!