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164E non-starter

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Old Nov 6th, 2018, 05:51   #11
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Originally Posted by Clan View Post
Back in the 1970's when the 164E was out there in regular service doing hundreds of thousands of miles on business trips etc , much like they do today... there was never any problem with points , they were the very highest quality BOSCH and were exchanged every 6000 miles Today the points you have are sure to be different , however it may be still possible to get some of the old stock Bosch ones . Cheap electronic ignition systems today from the accessory shop are not always what you expect in reliability terms ..
What can give trouble are the forgotten Fuel injector triggering contacts in the lower half of the distributor , there are two pairs on a common plate , they do not need changing and have no adjustment , just a bit of maintenance now and again .. clean the contacts and a smear of grease on the cam ... oil vapour gets on the contacts after a few years ... Don't forget the Condenser , again they were top quality and never gave problems , but if in the last 40 years people have wrongly changed them to a cheap Chinese condenser that could give a problem .. I would happily fit a genuine bosch one which was 40 years old !
Yes, I definitely wasn't recommending converting a points distributor to an electronic setup with one of the modern kits, such as the Petronix (sic?) one, or even the expensive 123 distributor. I was referring to the one year only (1975) Bosch electronic distributor + associated parts (which I forgot to mention includes a different coil) that was used on the final year of the 164E.
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