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Ford 9N, 2N & 8N Discussion Forum
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6 volt electronic ignition

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8nfamilytradition

08-10-2018 11:43:07




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Hello all, I have recently purchased a 1950 8n, the same model my father and grandfather had before me. Yes I feel blessed😊
It currently has a 6 volt electronic ignition installed, but I want to convert to 12 volt. Would I need to change the current 6 volt distributer electronic module and cap in order to do so?

I noticed in the 12 volt conversion kits online, that the distributer cap portion is included, but not the electronic ignition module. Thank you for your time.

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Ultradog MN

08-11-2018 03:09:44




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 Re: 6 volt electronic ignition in reply to 8nfamilytradition, 08-10-2018 11:43:07  
Forgot about the polarity...
I Don't know how much voltage variation one way or the other those modules will take but do know they'll take a bit.
The 3 cylinder gassers used a resistor wire to drop the voltage to the coil.
It was about 30" long and consisted of a wire folded back and forth three times then wrapped together. When I put EI in that 3000 I did not know about that resister wire. I don't how much that wire dropped the voltage but I can say the module worked fine on reduced voltage for a couple of years.

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David G

08-10-2018 16:27:33




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 Re: 6 volt electronic ignition in reply to 8nfamilytradition, 08-10-2018 11:43:07  
Answer is no.

You can run the coil off the 12v with resistor, but the module needs the correct power.



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JMOR

08-10-2018 16:18:06




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 Re: 6 volt electronic ignition in reply to 8nfamilytradition, 08-10-2018 11:43:07  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seeYou could try that and if it doesn't run, it is still your smoke. What you will have coming off of that ballast will be perhaps around 6 volts for about 40% of the time (dwell time) and around 12-14 volts for the other 60% of the time. I would not expect the module to be happy with that, but if you try it, be sure & let us know. I have long suspected that Pertronix has only two electronic devices, one covering the Negative ground applications both 6 & 12 volt, and the other covering both 6 & 12 volt Positive ground applications (10 or so part numbers). Who knows, it might just work.

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Ultradog MN

08-10-2018 15:30:51




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 Re: 6 volt electronic ignition in reply to 8nfamilytradition, 08-10-2018 11:43:07  
You could probably convert to 12V and run the 6V EI and coil off your present ballast resister.



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Bruce (VA)

08-10-2018 16:24:13




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 Re: 6 volt electronic ignition in reply to Ultradog MN, 08-10-2018 15:30:51  
Doing the math on that, I don't think so.



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Bruce (VA)

08-10-2018 11:45:07




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 Re: 6 volt electronic ignition in reply to 8nfamilytradition, 08-10-2018 11:43:07  
You can operate a 6v EI on 12v twice in the same day.

First time & last time.

Yes you need to change the EI to 12v as well.



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8nfamilytradition

08-10-2018 11:49:16




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 Re: 6 volt electronic ignition in reply to Bruce (VA), 08-10-2018 11:45:07  
OK, Well then, it be just like my broken watch, RIGHT, twice a day. Thank you for your response.



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