<VV> [fastvair] Electronic distributor news (plus an adv.)

Jay Maechtlen jaysplace at laserpubs.com
Mon Aug 3 23:30:33 EDT 2015

That prompts a thought - it would be handy to have a kill button or 
switch in the engine compartment - just because.

For a breaker point system, it could be a button that opens the lead 
from the coil to the breaker points. For that matter, you could even 
ground it, for the period of time it takes to kill the motor.

If someone wants to put a kill button on a car with the electronic 
distributor, what would be an easy/safe/reliable way to do it?

On 8/2/2015 11:26 PM, sethracer at aol.com [fastvair] wrote:
> Electronic Distributor Tech update and a new distributor cap option
> A couple of new technical issues. We had the first failure of an 
> electronic part in one of the electronic distributors. After several 
> thousand miles of use, the owner was working on the carburetors and 
> the throttle linkage stuck at a high idle. Instead of turning off the 
> ignition key, he just pulled off the three connector distributor feed 
> cable, disconnecting the power, ground and coil signal circuits. The 
> engine, of course, stopped. After fixing the linkage and plugging it 
> back in, the car started and ran for a distance, but later died and 
> wouldn’t start. A component on the internal signal board had failed 
> (It looked “cooked” to me). We replaced the module and the car is 
> working fine.
> When I later discussed the failure with the manufacturer, he mentioned 
> that there had been another module failure – not in a Corvair 
> distributor, but in one using the same electronic module. The ignition 
> had been left on overnight, without the engine running. At that point 
> the battery had run down. He didn’t specify the actual failure, but 
> again the module replacement solved the issue. So, now, I guess, I 
> recommend NOT pulling the main connection plug to stop the motor. If 
> you have to do something in the engine compartment to quickly kill the 
> motor, pull the coil wire! (Although I don’t like that solution much 
> either.)Second – Don’t leave your ignition on overnight. <duh!> It 
> doesn’t seem to be the amount of time that the module was energized, 
> more like the drop in voltage that caused the issue.
> On a lighter note - I am pleased to announce a new option for the 
> distributor, a bright Blue colored HEI-style distributor cap. I should 
> have these in stock this week. They are identical to the red/black 
> pin-type cap, except for the Blue color. I have Blue HEI wire sets 
> available to match the caps as well. Pricing is the same as the other 
> HEI caps.
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Jay Maechtlen
'61 2-dr modified w/fiberglass skin,
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