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Old 09-13-2004, 04:32   #1 (permalink)
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Ignition question

The 351 in my XE just stopped dead. I checked all the wires to the ignition and LPG switch, but still no spark. I had power at both sides of the coil and at the LPG switch, but nothing. I swapped the coil and the rotor and that made no difference.

The only thing left in the equation was the Bosch electronic distributor, that I had reconditioned and recurved over a year ago and has never missed a beat. I pulled it and swapped it for an old, dirty one I had in the shed. The 351 started first turn of the starter.

What could be wrong?
The only thing I can think of is the module hanging off the side.

If this is stuffed and needs replacing, can I do away with it altogether and replace it with an MSD, HyFire or FireBall. Iíve always wanted a bigger spark for the slower burning gas.

This could be the excuse I need to get it now. Iím just not sure how these units work or connect, as Iím not electronically minded. Do I still use my standard coil?
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Old 09-13-2004, 04:35   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Ignition question

Yup module

[edit]Stick with the XD style electronic if thats what it is? Just add a decent coil and MSD/Crane ignition box.

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Old 09-13-2004, 04:44   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Brenden.

Do I still need to buy a new module, or does the MSD/Crane ignition box replace it?

Can you recommend a decent coil?

How can I tell if it's an XD style dissy? (I didn't realise that there was more then one dissy option from the factory).
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Re: Ignition question

Your XE one if factory will be the same. Yes, you still need a module. The box is just an add on component. If you do buy a box? Get the same branded recommended coil.

I am looking @ getting an MSD unit as my mates going overseas. I'll deposit the $ in his account and get him to send one back as gift No tax!

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Old 09-13-2004, 04:54   #5 (permalink)
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Why MSD? Which modle?

My son heads to the USA in November so I'll get him to pick something up for me.
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Purely because they are cheap in the US. The crane unit is dearer in the US for some reason I've found. I am looking at a 6AL and using it's rpm limiting features. Comes in handy when you need to drop the car off @ a workshop too. Stick a 4500rpm module in Keeps the car and engine semi safe.

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Old 09-13-2004, 05:10   #7 (permalink)
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A rev limiter! Excellent feature to include. I'd like that insurance too.
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Old 09-13-2004, 15:37   #8 (permalink)
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Go an "MSD Digital 6 plus". Look at jegs.com for a price........about US$290 think?

FAT spark, built in rev limiter, and a timing retard option...............for the laughing gas when you get it hooked up. Really nice unit.

I can't remember, but I thought I ditched my module from the Ford electronic dizzy? I'll have to look again.
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Old 09-13-2004, 15:56   #9 (permalink)
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Sounds good TruBlu351 I'll have to check that out on the MSD website.

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