My car recently started surging/lurching/missing when I shift into high gear. It seems to be missing at idle also. So I ordered a new timer. But it is not here yet. Cleaned plugs etc. My question is... Can I just go to a True Fire ignition, remove my magnets and coils, install oil slinger in place of magnets, and just run on generator and True Fire system? My car is a 1924 touring with starter. I am kind of old school and HATE going to electronic ignition. But it would be nice to avoid all the extra weight of mag coils and magnets. I rebuilt my Ford coils years ago and put in new capacitors and points. Thanks - Monte
Check for loose connections in your ignition switch first.
Yes you could....but the E-Timer is a much more authentic option. Unlike the True-Fire, it uses your existing Ford coils with no wiring alterations. The E-Timer is built into an original timer case and it's impossible to tell the car has electronic ignition just by looking at it. Furthermore, it has automatic timing adjustment, if you wish to use it that way.
Does Langs carry the E timer? Would the etimer still need the magneto then?
An old thread regarding removal of magnets. An E Timer does not utilize the magneto.
The motor is missing so you are going to totally scrap the ignition system? it just might something as simple as a bad coil or a fuel problem.
Do you have the Service Manual? See chapter XXXII Misfiring. It lists some simple steps for diagnosing problems.
Yes, I have one. I will double check it. I rebuilt all the coils myself, and installed new points awhile back, rebuilt the NH carb myself, rewired the whole car front to back, and installed a top by myself. Not that I can't solve this... just looking for a little better reliability. This is my first real mystery after 16 years of owning the car. The T has been in my family since about 1957.
Before you start ripping and tearing Dallas Landers is in your part of the country you might talk to him? He is a good hand!
My 26 Roadster came to me with the magnets removed and a distributor. It runs great and is very reliable. No mag just runs off the battery and generator. I don't think that the lighter flywheel really makes much difference in performance. I would not have changed it myself but works great for me.