| July/August 1984

  • Book Review

  • Book Review

1066 Sans Souci Way Clarkston, GA 30021

Make and Break Ignition Manual by T.R. Ward, Jr. Published by Lone Oak Distributing Company, Premiss, Mississippi, 39474, 1984. Soft cover, 8 x 11, spiral bound, $8.75 from publisher.

Finally.. .and not a moment too soon. .. someone has produced a manual about ignition systems which will answer all of the questions you were afraid... or ashamed to ask. Or as in my case, didn't now enough to ask!

Simply titled Make and Break Ignition Manual, this work contains a wealth of information invaluable to both the novice and the advanced restorer of antique engines. Excellent cuts and line drawings are carefully keyed to the text so that it is never necessary to search to find the proper illustration.

Chapter I is a brief history of the make and break ignition systems beginning with the earliest experiments in internal combustion engines. It cites several problems encountered and traces the development of numerous types of igniters and magnetos. A simplified explanation and a good illustration of a hammer type igniter clearly describe the construction and operation of this all-important but vastly misunderstood part.

The section entitled 'Theory and Design of the Igniter Coil' contains much for the do-it-yourselfer who wants to try 'rolling his own' coils. It can save untold hours the first-time coil-winder would waste using the cut and try technique. As Mr. Ward points out, 'It becomes apparent that the original coils (and later reproductions). . .just can't duplicate the performance of a 'state-of-the-art' design in the areas of battery life and ignition quality.'


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