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Bruce (VA)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:55 am    Post subject: Lessons Learned Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I was in the garden Sunday laying out rows & trying to beat the rain. Of course, that's when you always have an equipment failure.

Tractor is a 1950 8N 6v frontmount. The distributor was off less than 2 months ago for routine maintenance (points lube, gap, timing). The coil is about 5 years old because the threads had stripped on the OEM coil.

After about 30 minutes of work, the tractor suddenly lost power & began to backfire. I got it back to the garage.

My first thought was a points problem....despite the fact that they looked fine a month ago & are Bluestreak.

So rather than confirm that the points were indeed opening & closing by observing voltage drop.......I got in a hurry. I've got a spare distributor on the shelf. Pulled the distributor off the tractor, installed the spare distributor & hit the starter button.

Nothing.

No spark.

Opened up the distributor that I took off the tractor. It looked perfect.

Went in the other garage, took the OEM coil off of the trailer queen & put it on the tractor.

Started on the first revolution.

Lessons Learned:

1. ALWAYS follow the correct diagnostic procedure!

2. Coil failure is not always dramatic, i.e., like turning a switch off.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:22 am    Post subject: Re: Lessons Learned Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Wish I could work on the garden. Right now it is laying under 6 inches of global warming. We are significantly ahead in moisture for the year. Will take a week or two of sun and wind to dry out to where I can disk it.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:08 am    Post subject: Re: Lessons Learned Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You are in a better part of the Commonwealth than me. We have about 1.5" and snowing now. I usually have mowed the yards two times by now and worked at least some in garden.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:29 am    Post subject: Re: Lessons Learned Reply to specific post Reply with quote

...and just as important: lessons shared. thanks now all i need to do is remeber and heed the advice!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:53 am    Post subject: Re: Lessons Learned Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Its like alot of stuff, ya site you rifle in put 5 or 6 rounds dead on, go hunten see that buck put 3 round into the air completely miss and he walks. Or the pilot whos is flying fails to use his insterments as he was taught and flys by his sences pulls up and drills the nose into the grown. It happens to all of us.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Lessons Learned Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Glad you got'er running!

I doubt there's a guy on the board who hasn't cut a corner or two when under the gun. We all know we shouldn't, but...

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:04 am    Post subject: Re: Lessons Learned Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I wish we only had 6 inches of global warming. My garden is still under about 2 feet of "white gold", as the snow haulers around here call it. Our local excavator companies have had a bumper year I tell ya!
 
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