Ignition for an Engine without Magneto or Igniter

Instructions for engine ignition without magneto or igniter

| September/October 1979

  • Model T Coil

  • Model T Coil

In one of the past issues, someone wanted to know how to make ignition for an engine without magneto or igniter. I think I have it!

I have a 2-1/2 HP Empire without these parts. First, I had a plate made to go on in place of the igniter. This is drilled and tapped for a 1/2-inch pipe thread spark plug. The timer parts I made do not alter the engine so far as holes, etc., are concerned. Any and all parts may have to be changed to fit other engines. I do not see why it should not work for other engines.

Instructions: Turn engine over, notice high cam on lobe. Make brackets, levers and contact points so contact spring makes contact on highest point on lobe as engine is on T.D.C. of compression stroke. The lever permits advance or retard of spark.

I used a buzz or model "T" coil. A piece of clock spring could be used for contact. I used a piece of plastic for "L" shaped handle, thus did not have to insulate contact from handle.

Shown is a rough sketch of what I made. If you try it, let me know how it works on your engine, please. Any comments?

Contact H.L. Ritter at Route #5, Box 127, Fulton, New York 13069. 


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