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Pastimes : The no EV Car Nut Thread

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To: miraje who wrote (21)4/26/2024 5:05:19 PM
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Hi M, Re: 1967 XK-E Type..........

It was a sweetheart of mine for around 3 years. My cousin owned it and sadly drove it through salty Northern winters. It was originally painted black. When I got it I repaired the rusty stuff and painted it charcoal gray metallic. It still looked wicked good at night in that color and really sparkled in the sun. I put a lot of time and effort into that car and learned a lot about Jag engines, electrics and performance. It gave me the confidence to tackle the XK 120 project.

After the E-Type shut off after running through a puddle, I decided to tame the ignition. I bought a "Capacitive Discharge Ignition" kit from Radio Shack and soldered it together. (BTW they could be assembled for either positive or negative ground!) Where I used to get ~5000 miles on a new set of points and questionable ignition any time the humidity got above 50%, adding the electronic ignition to the E-Type made it run like Mr. Lucas had never been born!! I drove it another ~25,000 miles with it and never again changed the points. It also never again shut off in a downpour. So many things got better with that Radio Shack kit! Better battery life with quicker starts, Rain Proof, etc. The Capacitive Discharge jumped the spark plug voltage from around 8K cranking and around 12K running to around 20K cranking up to around 35K running. What a difference!

Today one can buy a drop-in Pertronix for old cars and do away with the points and condenser. They work great. But, I'm still proud of my kit assembly and what it did for that old E-Jag. Pertronix is a must for anyone with an old English sports car. Or for any old U.S. car for that matter. There may be other drop in Points replacement electronic ignitions like theirs, as I've been away from such things for a while.

Have a great weekend,
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