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    In 1972 when my time in the USMCR ended I found myself with some free time on weekends I wasn't working. I enrolled in a local vocational tech school to learn auto electronics and timing. It lasted four Saturdays: the first Saturday was on theory while the second and third Saturdays were hands-on. The fourth Saturday was the relatively "new" electronic ignition system. Time passes. My wife is now in heaven, my children are happily married, and I have the greatest grandchildren in the world! In February I acquired a 1957 Thunderbird from the family of the original buyer. It has 48,000 miles on it (800 miles/yr average) and sometime, not now, in the future I am going to need to acquire some new tune-up equipment for it's ignition system. I am thinking I will need a good timing gun, a good dwell meter, a good compression tester (system?) and a good instruction booklet. I would appreciate recommendations as to each piece of equipment or a "kit." Thank you.

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    Well Bud ya know you are a blessed man. We have our first grandchild coming and her due date is this friday. It's going to be a precious girl, and ya know what the funny part of this is? My name is not going to be poppop or grandpa etc. It's going to be BUD. So I know for sure that is a cool name This is the first of many I hope in the very near future. I know how you have a Model A for each of your Grand kids so I had better start getting to work. I can foresee at least 6-8 total. LOL

    Regarding your timing light, get one that has the advance feature and a built in tach. Dwell meter you really shouldn't need if your point gap is set properly. I mostly used a dwell meter on the GM's with the window adjusted points set up. Compression tester? Well if your car is running good hopefully you'll never need one of those either


    2 1930 Tudors

    Henry Ford said
    "It's all nuts and bolts"


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      Well, well! Congratulations Mitch! "This Bud is for you" will have special meaning to you and the family! When the baby girl gets a SSN, Grandma and Grandpa will have to start a 529 account-and buy or rehab more Model A's! But, sons-in-laws are all different: to some you have to explain the difference between a crescent wrench and a combo wrench!

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        I hear that Bud
        The three girls put all the furniture and stuff together. They actuallly embarrass the sons-in- laws. Ole dad here taught them well

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        2 1930 Tudors

        Henry Ford said
        "It's all nuts and bolts"


        Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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