[Healeys] Static Timing a Pertronix Ignitor

Oudesluys coudesluijs at chello.nl
Sat Feb 11 05:02:04 MST 2017

Set the crankshaft at the desired static ignition timing. Set the 
distributor housing with the rotor in the approximate position of no.1 
cylinder on its compression stroke, then slightly back. Switch on the 
ignition and turn the distributor forwards until you hear the faint 
click of the spark. Switch of the ignition immediately. That would be 
fine for fine tuning the timing dynamically.
Do not leave on the electronic ignition unnecessary, it may get damaged 
if left on for a long time.
Kees Oudesluijs

Op 11-2-2017 om 8:21 schreef Simon Lachlan:
> We’re talking about an Ignitor ie NOT an Ignitor II. In a positive 
> earth BJ8.
> The timing may be all to hell. I’m in the UK; the car’s in Paris.
> Let’s say that the clamp bolts “may somehow have got loosened” during 
> the initially successful swap from points to Ignitor the other day.
> (Yes, it’s an old Ignitor but it was NOS, boxed and unused, in the 
> boot when the car was delivered.)
> Now, I’ve been looking at my accumulated notes on Static Timing etc 
> with a view that we may have to go down that track, if it proves that 
> we have air, fuel and spark but not necessarily in the right order!
> I’ve accumulated a lot of info over the years which is primarily a 
> Good Thing, but sometimes I find conflicting information.
> For example, one source says that the Ignitor II cannot be static 
> timed. Another source implies that all EI’s, including Ignitor IIs, 
> can be timed by putting a multimeter across the coil’s primary 
> connections.
> Another one says:- “To begin the timing exercise you must statically 
> time the engine at around *10* degrees BTDC. With the engine at *10* 
> degrees BTDC on the firing stroke align the distributor so that the 
> points are just about to open or in the case of an electronic 
> distributor */_so that the stator and rotor tips are just aligning_/*. 
> Lock the distributor enough to stop it moving. Ensure that the vacuum 
> advance retard is disconnected and the tube plugged. Start the engine 
> and let it idle, adjust the timing with the engine running to *10* 
> degrees BTDC and lock the distributor.”
> (Ignore the 10° advice.) With reference to an Ignitor…..does this 
> apply? And what is the “stator”? I can “assume” that it’s the little 
> curved black box of tricks? Does this or could this apply to the 
> Pertronix? Seems a bit inaccurate……one would have assume that the 
> critical alignment point in the “stator” was prec.isely in the centre 
> of the inside of the curve??..... I suppose one could try the 
> voltmeter across the coil method and see where the rotor was in 
> relation to the “stator”?? Any
> Has anyone any tips on static timing an Ignitor? I’ve timed them, but 
> never had to go back to Stage One ie I’ve used a timing light and made 
> adjustments to a running engine rather than go back to basics where 
> the timing is completely out and the engine won’t fire at all.
> Any help would be much appreciated and doubly so in Paris!
> Simon
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