<VV> Coils.

Hugo Miller hugo at aruncoaches.co.uk
Mon Feb 17 10:56:20 EST 2020

I'm not saying it doesn't work - just that it's incorrectly labelled! 
This is a characteristic of this country which I, as a linguistically 
pedantic Brit, observe a lot. Take the Florida drivers' manual - it 
specifies that you must have vision of 20/40 (or whatever) in EACH AND 
BOTH EYES. Unless you're blind in one eye, in which case you only need 
to meet the standard in the good eye.
Then there's the beautiful stone County line marker near me where 
somebody has carved out the words 'CITURS COUNTY'. And a street sign in 
Miami labelled 'Washignton Avenue'. It all adds character I guess - like 
labelling a 9 volt coil '12v', to catch out the unwary ;)
A word about Lucas since you mentioned them - there is stuff on eBay 
and elsewhere sold as Lucas equipment, in the correct green boxes and 
everything. I have a feeling that the Chinese bought the name, but 
whatever the story is, it's all absolute cr at p. There is still some NOS 
proper Lucas stuff around but it's getting hard to find.
The good news is that there is a guy in England manufacturing superb 
repro Lucas equipment, such as regulators etc. I can find his details if 
anyone needs them. The Chinese Lucas regulators need adjusting every six 
months, unlike the originals which never needed touching for the life of 
the car.
The Chevy headlight switch - I suppose that counts as a circuit-breaker 
- it's actually a bi-metallic strip, isn't it? What I mean is that most 
circuit-breakers 'pop' and need resetting, whereas the Chevy light 
switch will come back by itself when it cools down. I think that's 
correct, isn't it? Clever idea though. Having your headlights suddenly 
go out on a dark night is mitigated by the fact that they will at least 
come back by themselves ;)

On 2020-02-17 10:10, FrankDuVal via VirtualVairs wrote:
> Our Delco system works just fine.
> Now, should we talk of Lucas Electrics?
> Or even that Switch and Circuit Breaker nomenclature? Only circuit
> breaker in Corvairs was in the headlamp switch, until the convertible
> top came along....
> HA!
> Frank DuVal
> On 2/17/2020 12:59 AM, Hugo Miller via VirtualVairs wrote:
>> Well that's just crazy. See my earlier post about British coils 
>> which were stamped as either 9v (for use with a resistor) or 12v (for 
>> use without a resistor). Stamped in the casing, that is, not with a 
>> label stuck on. Why would any manufacturer muddy the waters by 
>> labelling both 9v and 12v coils as 12v? No wonder people get confused. 
>> What happens when the advisory label falls off? That's the sort of 
>> thing they would do in Florida!
>> Mind you, having said that, British coils in the 50's were marked 
>> 'SW' and 'CB' instead of + and -. There were pos earth coils and SW 
>> was neg and CB was pos. So when you converted the car to neg earth, 
>> you had to wire the switch side of the coil to the distributor and the 
>> contact breaker side to the ign switch. Got all that? ;)
>> On 2020-02-17 00:26, Smitty wrote:
>>> Hugo I will not contest you on the voltage handling capabilities of
>>> the coils.  That would be missing the point.  The point I made was
>>> proceeded with , the coils were both new, both were marked 12 volt,
>>> and both had the advisement that they were intended to be used with
>>> external resistors.
>>> As a side note I have worked on cars that had ballast bar resistors
>>> with the ,,run,, voltage as low as 6volts and others with ,,run,,
>>> voltage as high as 10 volts.  If factory stock components are used
>>> then I check the manual.  If they accept the demonstrated voltage 
>>> as
>>> being in the range of normal then so will I.
>>> Sent from my iPad
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