<VV> Ignitor II Follow Up

Anil Mittal anil@anil.com
Tue, 25 May 2004 10:36:38 -0400

Hi All, This is a follow up to my problem I posted yesterday with my
car not running after installing an Ignitor II.

I rechecked all of the electrical connections as well as the magnetic
ring and pickup in the distributor and all looked fine. I lostened up
the distributor a little and tried advancing the timing a bit. The
engine seemed like it wanted to start a little more so I advanced it
more. BINGO! It started so I drove it into the garage. It ran poorly
when in drive so I put a timing light on it. 

This is a 66 140 with Power Glide and A/C so the timing should be set
to 24 degrees BTDC. According to the light it was probably at 30
something. It's hard to tell since the scale on the rear housing only
goes to 16. So I retarded the timing so it was closer to what I
though was 24. The car started and ran but the idle speed in neutral
was lower and when I put it in gear it died. So I advanced the timing
more and more and more and kept starting it between. It kept running
better and better. The neutral idle speed went up and it started
idling smoothly in drive. Then I realized that the vacuum advance was
touching the A/C belt. Hmmm, something fishy here. I cheked the plug
wires and firing order, that was correct. I cheked my balancer to
make sure the alignment marks were still aligned and it did not slip,
that looked good too.

It feels like the engine wants more advance, the problems are that
the amount of advance dialed it is way more that the shop manual
states and also that the vacuum advance is going to rub on the A/C

A message from Ken Hand suggests that installing the ignitor retards
the timing by 10 degrees. Has anyone else seen this? What do you
ignitor owners out there have your timing set to? Anyone with an
ignitor and A/C? Does your vacuum advance rub your A/C belt? 

Thank you to everyone for all of your help, I think I am on the right
track now!