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Any Idea What This is?

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02-11-2003 07:44:10

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I picked up another WD45 yesterday, and while inpsecting it I noticed this item on the wire between coil and distributer. The tractor has been coverted to 12 volts. On other 12 volt coversions, I have used a coil with a built in resistor or a ballist resistor before the coil, but never saw one of these. Could it be some sort of resistor?

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02-15-2003 05:39:29

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 Re: Any Idea What This is? in reply to Guy, 02-11-2003 07:44:10  
It was used to increase the coil output voltage. It allows the coil to delay its output a few micro-seconds to build up higher voltage. Not so good on the coil. Either get a higher output voltage coil designed for the task or go to electronic ignition for a stronger spark.

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02-12-2003 08:43:27

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 Re: Any Idea What This is? in reply to Guy, 02-11-2003 07:44:10  
Now heres the the funny part. Just remeber that I just hauled this tractor home on monday and it needs alot of work but it ran. First thing is a good tune up. The dist. cap. and sparky wires look like they could be the original. Last night I went out and played with it. The temp was about 0 degrees F. The tractor actually sounds better with this thing in question installed. Go figure.

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Steve in N.J.

02-12-2003 06:17:29

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 Re: Any Idea What This is? in reply to Guy, 02-11-2003 07:44:10  
Wow! I haven't seen one of those in years! They went out with saddle shoes! I'm in my early 50's, but remember them things when I worked as a kid in the auto repair shop around the corner. You fellows are correct, that was sold as an ignition enhancer years ago. Not only do they do a good job smokin' up a set of points, it does a pretty good job burnin' a hole through a rotor too! Good conversation piece Guy, but it's better usage would be hangin' on the wall. If memory serves me right, it's a capacitor to increase spark. Boy, some of the stuff that surfaces once in a while uh? Steve B.

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02-11-2003 18:32:33

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 Re: Any Idea What This is? in reply to Guy, 02-11-2003 07:44:10  
Looks like one of these things from JC Whitney or wherever that doubles power, cuts fuel consumpsion in half, and makes your engine last forever. Let us know if it works.

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02-12-2003 16:11:35

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 Re: Re: Any Idea What This is? in reply to Tom, 02-11-2003 18:32:33  
Does it come with a cork to keep the gas tank from overflowing with the increased fuel efficiency?

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L Hud

02-11-2003 08:36:29

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 Re: Any Idea What This is? in reply to Guy, 02-11-2003 07:44:10  
I don't know the name brand for them. It is a resistor to increase gas milage and increase hp. The best I remember it done a good job of burning up points. I bought one of those at the state fair when I was a boy.

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02-11-2003 20:30:54

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 Re: Re: Any Idea What This is? in reply to L Hud, 02-11-2003 08:36:29  
L hud must be about my age (63). I remember someone selling these things at the faiir in Bethany, Mo when I was a kid. I think it must have a transformer in it to boost the output of the coil. I don't know if it was a useful item or not. Tey sure made it sound good. I have also, when in a tight made a jumper and mad the fire jump from the end of the plug wire to the plug to overcome a bad plug on an old harley (The newcomers call them hogs) I still walk with a limp because of one.

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