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Re: Tony Holt - TO30?

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Tony Holt

04-13-2013 13:04:43

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I got it!

It was my firing order! Instead of #1 at 10:00, #3 at 7:00, #4 at 5:00, #2 at 2:00.

With the firing order above as the rotor turns from 1 then 3 then 4 then 2

The firing order is.

#1 at 7:00, #3 at 10:00, #4 at 5:00, #2 at 2:00.

This firing order is #1 then #4 then #2 then #3.

I found a video on youtube of a TO30 and it showed the distributor and wires and this was the way it was wired up.

Anyway its running great now.

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Dan S (NY)

04-15-2013 05:57:35

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 Re: Tony Holt - TO30? in reply to Tony Holt, 04-13-2013 13:04:43  
It may be running better, but if you truly have the firing order set to 1-4-2-3 it won't do well when you apply a load to the engine. You can't look at another tractors distributor and assume your wires go in the same positions. Depending on how you install the distributor you can set the number one position anywhere. I thought you had determined earlier that the number one cylinder was at the 10:00 position..what was your method to determine that? Did you static time the distributor to number one cylinder when you installed it? Also, even if you static timed the distributor correctly, you still should use a timing light for the final adjustment. The last time I installed and static timed the distributor on my 35 it started and ran great but the timing was actually a couple degrees AFTER TDC at 400rpm when checked with the light.

As to the governor, does the governor arm that comes out of the front cover move freely? The governor is always trying to close the throttle the faster the engine revs. With the carb to governor arm link disconnected, if you push the governor arm forward, then rev the engine, you should feel the governor arm push back. If you do feel a distinct push back on the arm when the engine revs, then you know the governor inside the front cover is reacting to engine speeds and you probably have a linkage adjustment problem. If you get no reaction, you may have to pull the front cover to find out why.


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Tony Holt

04-16-2013 06:04:34

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 Re: Tony Holt - TO30? in reply to Dan S (NY), 04-15-2013 05:57:35  
I agree with you Dan. I looked at two TO30's and the wiring was the same way with both. The #1 is in the 7:00 position on the cap. Now maybe by turning the distributor I could put the cap in the 10:00 position. All I know is its running real smooth. I did unhook each wire while it was running and it did make a difference so all cylinders are firing.

As for the governor I have about a 1/8 inch play in the linkage on the governor lever arm rod. The top part of the rod that bolts to the compensating spring lever is wore a lot. Could this throw the governor off?

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Dan S (NY)

04-16-2013 17:51:49

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 Re: Tony Holt - TO30? in reply to Tony Holt, 04-16-2013 06:04:34  

The vertical governor arm coming out of the front cover that then connects to the carb should have about 3/4 inch movement if its disconnected from the carb. Check with the throttle lever at the dash pulled all the way down. You will have to move the governor arm against spring tension but it should move. If you are only getting 1/8 inch movement then something is binding up. Wear in the linkages can affect governor operation but I wouldn't expect it to run away like you describe. With the throttle lever at the dash in the wide open position and the carb throttle rod pulled forward to the wide open position, the holes on the carb to governor connecting rod should be slightly past the governor arm hole. Is this how you have it adjusted?


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