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J Boshears

06-16-2009 06:18:01

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I am looking for a coil and condensor tester for magneto repair. I am trying to get my great grandfathers carb and mag repair business going again (he passed away a few years ago). Shortly after he passed away someone broke into his shop and stole anything that had copper in it (magnetizer, coil tester, extension cords, wire,etc.). Does any one know where I can find a good coil tester. I have looked on ebay and other places but they are hard to find. I am looking for the kind that sets a voltage and then will fire the coil. I would like to find one of the following brands Graham-Lee, Stevens Electric, Simmons Electric, King Electric, Merc-O-Tronic. If any body has anything they would be interested in selling please let me know.

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Ole Shovel

06-16-2009 12:00:26

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 Re: magneto repair in reply to J Boshears, 06-16-2009 06:18:01  
Several sold on ebay last 2 years or so but haven't seen any decent ones on there in a while now. King is probably the only company still making a new tester today yet. Stevens is still there but doesn't make those anymore they told me or even do repairs. Graham Lee quit making new ones but I have contact info for a woman that still repairs them yet. I have two Graham Lee model 31 but you probably wouldn't want those they aren't my favorite type to use. Look in your mag manuals under dealer listings seeing who is still going or may have old equipment and tools put away not using anymore and buy them out. That's how I tracked down most of mine.

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J Boshears

06-16-2009 12:31:18

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 Re: magneto repair in reply to Ole Shovel, 06-16-2009 12:00:26  
I talked to king the other day and they went out of business.I know the lady at graham-lee she said if she got any used ones in she would let me know. I talked to the people at mercotronic they said that they only do repairs and sometimes get used ones in. I've been on a list at both places for a while. I would like to find something soon. I wasn't planning on opening for business til next spring but word got around I was opening a carb and mag repair and I hate to turn away business. Tell me a little more about the Graham Lee model 31 I might be interested.

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Ole Shovel

06-16-2009 13:09:17

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 Re: magneto repair in reply to J Boshears, 06-16-2009 12:31:18  
Hate to hear about King going out of business they made lots of other good testers over the years too. I"ll send a message on there that works maybe about the other tester.

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