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    So I have been reading the threads on setting timing. I am running a 6V Positive ground system, with an original distributor. Usually don't have any issue timing the car, but am interested in seeing if I can get it just a scooch better with a timing light. I have a timing light with an advance knob on the back, that works great on my 12V Jeep, but will this light work on a 6 Volt system.

    If not, could I hook it up to a 12V battery? I assume the timing light get's no information from the battery, just powers the light.

    I assume the inductive pick up won't work on the flat connector. I have a Distributor Cap I can use to get a wire type connection from the distributor to the spark plugs, so that won't be an issue.
    Jon.

    It's never as bad as you think, nor as good as you hope.

  • #2
    Correct power it with a 12v battery. You can use it with the original style wires but you'll need to slice open a piece of heat shrink or such for the pick up. Of course the wired type cap will also work
    3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
    Henry Ford said,
    "It's all nuts and bolts"
    "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

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    • #3
      Use a separate 12V battery to power the light
      yes you can use the inductive pickup with the strap connectors, we do it all the time.
      Always be sure your all 3 of your light leads are hooked up BEFORE you start the engine else you can blow the light, and don't remove them until engine is off

      guess who types faster!
      Last edited by tbirdtbird; 05-28-2019, 01:37 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tbirdtbird View Post
        ...guess who types faster!
        Mitch by 2 minutes.

        Thanks guys.....

        Jon.

        It's never as bad as you think, nor as good as you hope.

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        • #5
          Well I don't know about faster. I am a one fingered keyboard pecker
          3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
          Henry Ford said,
          "It's all nuts and bolts"
          "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

          Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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          • #6
            I have a bunch of old timing lights.Sears,Penske,Snap-On,Sun,Allen-Tune,Mac,Cornwell,We were fooling around with them one day and found all of them worked on the A.a couple of them were fussier about the induction pickup though.I think a sliced up straw helped with that.A couple of them don't have the induction pickup,they have a little spring affair that pushes onto the spark plug and the plug wire pushes onto that.

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            • #7
              The inductive pickup wouldn't work on my scope until I slipped a piece of clear tubing over the flat strap.
              I haven't tried my inductive timing light with advance, but I assume it may also need the clear tubing.

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              • #8
                we have not needed to do that

                it may depend on the brand of scope

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tom Wesenberg View Post
                  The inductive pickup wouldn't work on my scope until I slipped a piece of clear tubing over the flat strap.
                  I haven't tried my inductive timing light with advance, but I assume it may also need the clear tubing.
                  yes, I put a piece of small tubing over my strap...

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