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Re: Why Are There Two Kinds of Distributors?

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04-26-2002 19:21:43

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TM, lets make sure what you are looking at. The engines with the distributor pointing upward, with the 90 degree angle drive are distributors, that have an external coil, just like an old car. The magneto powered tractors have the "black wire cap" pointing rearward toward the back of the motor (horizontal). The magneto units have an internal coil and do not require a battery for ignition. The early ones were hand crank units. Not sure of the actual dates, but i have a 1948 and 1949 C and they both have distributors which i belive are original. I also have a 1952 B and it has an original magneto. I dont think the B motors got distributors till very very late in production, if ever, but a lot of C units had them in the late 1940's, as far as i know. After that, all CA units had distributors in the 1950--on.

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04-27-2002 15:55:11

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 Re: Re: Why Are There Two Kinds of Distributors? in reply to steve, 04-26-2002 19:21:43  
Steve, Sorry, your Cs have been converted. A-C started using battery ignition in models B, Ca and WD in 1953. Model Cs were out of production as you probably know, in 1950.

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