Mechanical Ignition Handbook The Hack Mechanic Guide to Vintage Ignition Systems

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Mechanically timed ignition is easy to understand and wonderfully straightforward to diagnose and repair, which is good because it's one of the most likely things on an older car to die and leave you in the lurch.

Rob Siegel--better known as the Hack Mechanic-- explains how mechanical ignition works and discusses in detail how to set timing and advance. There is also a full chapter on troubleshooting mechanical ignition problems. Illustrated with over 100 photos and diagrams and supported by clear, step-by-step instructions, the Mechanical Ignition Handbook features sections on:

If you are a vintage car owner who wants to understand how to adjust timing and advance to keep your favorite ride running smoothly, this is the book for you!

Mechanical ignition basics and components

Common repairs and recommended tools

Adjusting point gap Setting dwell angle

Locating the timing mark

Finding top dead center

Setting static and dynamic ignition timing

Using both a standard and an advance timing light

Testing coil resistance

Retrofitting breakerless electronic ignition (for those who say "enough!")

Vehicles covered:

Applies to vintage cars from the 1950s up through the mid 1980s that have either points and breakers or mechanical ignition advance. Some examples are:

Porsche 356

Mechanically-timed Porsche 911

BMW 1600 & BMW 2002

Ferrari 365

Austin-Healey Sprite


Triumph Spitfire, Triumph TR3 & TR6

Jaguar E-Type Mercedes models including the

Mercedes 190 SL

Volkswagen Beetle

early Volvo

Pontiac GTO

vintage Chevrolet Camaro and other American muscle cars

Additional Info

Additional Info

Author Rob Siegel
Condition NEW
Date of Publication 2017
Dimensions 8X10
Illustrations 109 photos and illustrations
ISBN 9780837617671
New or Used NEW
Pages 162


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