Electrical Problem (possibly newbie ignorance)

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Electrical Problem (possibly newbie ignorance)

Post by paddy1998 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:35 pm

Hello all,

I am the proud new owner of a 1925 Touring modified with a distributor. Here is the problem I'm having. It will start fine with the key turned counterclockwise (batt) but just dies when switched to magneto. At the risk of stating the obvious, this suggests to me that the magneto is bad (and might have been the impetus for installing the distributor in the first place).

What I'd like to know is whether I can run the car on batt all the time, or will that create a problem? Is the battery charging?

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Re: Electrical Problem (possibly newbie ignorance)

Post by Les Schubert » Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:43 pm

No problem running a distributor on battery. In fact it is about impossible to run a distributor on magneto

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Re: Electrical Problem (possibly newbie ignorance)

Post by John.Zibell » Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:17 pm

A distributor was probably installed for several reasons. The magneto no longer functions so a distributor was installed, a previous owner removed the magnets, thus no magneto, or the previous owner didn't want to use the individual coils. Also a DC coil doesn't cooperate with AC current. It messes up the rise time. You should have a generator and starter on a 1925, so if the generator is working you are good to go.
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Re: Electrical Problem (possibly newbie ignorance)

Post by Scott_Conger » Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:29 pm

Welcome, Scott!
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