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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Unexpected AND PLEASANT Surprise!

My Spider has some sort of electronic ignition that the PO said was purchased from Centerline. I haven't seen anything like it and Centerline doesn't currently sell whatever it is. With points I know to set initial timing with the engine off and at "F" mark, ignition energized, then rotate the distributor while checking for spark. I didn't know whether it would work with an electronic ignition. To my pleasant surprise it worked! Since it probably works with other electronic ignitions this may be a good thing to "keep in your back pocket" for your next ignition timing challenge.

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Can you post a picture of the dizzy?

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If these are adequate to identify it, great. Otherwise I'll have to pull the distributor again. I think the distributor body is stock, that the electronic thing just replaced the points. In the meantime, OTTNP- On To The Next Problem: it only starts if I pull the CSS lead. Paraphrasing the late Roseanne Roseannadanna (from SNL) "It's always something."
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I have seen those things before, I just can't remember as it's been more than 20 years. Isn't that a Bosch distributor? Marelli distributors were stock on US spec cars.

If you pull the dizzy, take some more pictures. It's possible that is a VW distributor. I'd like to see the Bosch part number.

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At least it's easy to remove while the air box is still out, and far easier to re-install correctly than an early-1960s Chevy that I worked on decades ago. Straight six with a distributor driven by a hex shaft. The distributor could be installed correctly timed one way and incorrectly five ways!
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