Opinions and ideas please on the best clip on distributor to use on a 1920 model T.
I can't say one distributor is any better than another, but there is a difference in quality of points and condensors. We had a real rash of distributor problems at the national tour in June.
My Texas T distributor has been trouble free for me for 10 years.
Depending on the performance level if any to your engine, a simple Texas T Parts works well. The old ones like Performance T Parts by Reader were outstanding as he used partial centrifugal advance. The old Bosch's, Delco's, and such work well except for the replacement parts are getting difficult to locate and they were made from pot metal which loves to fail with little notice. I have made my own from different 4 cylinder NOS Mallory dual point distributors, i.e. Vega, VW, Pinto's, and etc. These work really outstanding for any performance level as you can set it, forget about it, by setting the advance curve plate and springs. I know the purist don't like it but driving a car with to much or to little timing does the babbitt and valves no good. Just my $.02.
All the Best to All,
Hank in Tin-A-See
All of your input is appreciated very much, Thanks Ron
Ron, You can retain original appearance with stock coils and wiring yet enjoy maintenance free operation with distributor performance using an E-Timer More information at www.modeltetimer.com Just another option to consider.
Ron, I've got the True Fire ignition system. Love it. It's little to no maintenance.
No one has mentioned using a Pertronix pointless conversion in a Bosch distributor. I have one in a Texas T distributor setup and it is very dependable: no points to ever wear out or adjust.
Period Bosch, and Atwater Kent distributors are pretty easy to come by. Updating them with Pertronix ignition modules makes them pretty much trouble free, by eliminating the points and condenser in favor of a hall effect sensor.
I will second the option of using the e-timer. It is like the best of both worlds. The reliability and performance of a distributor but with the look of the stock ignition system.
A disy makes it like a Chebby unless you have a Speedster.
Check out the Etimer with the best performance and better reliability bar None! It looks like a Model T should.
"Pointless".......Freud comes to mind.
Bought my Dist from Langs last year. A good set up. The timing is so precise. The engine has never run so smooth.
I like the period correct Atwater-Kent LA distributor ...a electronic module like Pertronix makes these a great ignition unit ...BUT as Mike stated the E-Timer is probably the best option to keep original appearances , and have excellent performance, with very little attention ever required ...always an optimist Gene French
My car had a bosh distributor in it when I got it and has been flawless now for 5 years. I installed a new set of points when I got it and havenít touched them since. I check the gap now and then and check condition but never have had to make any changes. I would have kept the original coils in it but this is the way I got it.
Hal, "pointless"? No, Washington D.C. comes to my mind.
Hal, I don't ever mean to start a fight but I think it's important that the poster does find out some other options.
The two Mikes and Terry along with Steve offered different options to be aware of and possible check them out when deciding what to buy.
Ron did ask for opinions and Ideas!
That was the POINT
Hal, did you have an idea worth his consideration?
I think the best option for me is the True Fire ignition system as It looks stock and gives much better combustion, throttle response and the spark plugs burn much cleaner, aka more power.
I bought a Texas T Parts distributor 20 years ago. Bosch 009 head on it I think. Parts are available at the parts store. Same as my 83 skid loader. :-)
I couldn't find and couldn't afford the correct timer, the box and the coils then. But I could spend $320 on a dizzy???? I did.
15 years later, I had to replace the condenser as it went belly-up.
That T never toured, it did get got driven a bunch locally and sat outdoors the whole time. 15 years before condenser and points. True.
Have spares in your toolbox as you'll never know when they'll "give up the ship". Some fellas say that nowadays the parts give up way early.