[Healeys] Distributor cap and wires
bluehealey at gmail.com
Sat Mar 10 08:05:29 MST 2018
My technique is to remove the bee-sting screws completely. Push the HT lead into the hole and watch the end of the lead pass fully beyond the screw hole until it seats at maximum depth. Then re-insert the screw.
As Bob says it doesn’t work too well with carbon string cores. In that case I take a piece of solid copper wire (the earth lead in Twin&Earth domestic cable works). A 1 inch piece folded into a ‘U’ shape is inserted into the centre core with the second leg down the outside of the insulation. I then insert the HT into the cap and rotate it until the copper staple can be seen down the screw hole. The bee-sting screw then picks up on both legs of the copper staple as it penetrates through the centre. The copper spreads the contact over more string and ensures continuity.
Alan - from my iPad
> On 10 Mar 2018, at 12:23, Bob Haskell <rchaskell at earthlink.net> wrote:
> The screw is suppose to pierce the insulation and solidly contact (embed in?) the copper core at the center of the ignition wire. Doesn't work well with carbon ignition leads.
> Bob Haskell
> AHCA 3000 MkI registrar
>> On 03/09/2018 11:08 PM, Elton Schulz wrote:
>> Fellow Listers,
>> I recently purchased a new Lucas side entry distributor cap and new ignition wires. I'm having no success in fastening the wires with the cap's screws. The screws are right up against the bottom stops of the wire holes and the screws have too little wire to bite into. Try as I might, the wires pull out with no effort. What am I missing? Should there be a thimble or sorts or something over the wire's end for the screw to catch?
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