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This is an Addiction! - More Tools
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: January 29, 2018 06:04AM

As many of you know I do have a distributor machine and it works pretty good. What I currently use is an Allen tester that was renamed Rotunda because Allen didn't want it's name associated with Ford. My current unit has a ford plant property tag on it! Like I said it works well with only a couple of small work-around issues.

What I just got is a Sun unit with a cabinet. I have not cleaned it up in the pictures and I hope it works as good as it looks.









Ken Hand
Handy Car Care
248 613 8586

Vairmech@aol.com

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Re: This is an Addiction! - More Tools
Posted by: Chilly Willy ()
Date: January 29, 2018 06:13AM

Way back when, we Had a sun machine just like that in auto shop. Very cool 😎




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Will
Northern California

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Re: This is an Addiction! - More Tools
Posted by: Chilly Willy ()
Date: January 29, 2018 06:17AM

The other one was the Sun engine performance tester with oscilloscope and cylinder cancellation.👍




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Will
Northern California

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Re: This is an Addiction! - More Tools
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: January 29, 2018 06:37AM

I actually bid on the Sun analyzer but soon realized I DID NOT have room for it. It would have been great to have the O-scope working.

Ken Hand
Handy Car Care
248 613 8586

Vairmech@aol.com

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Re: This is an Addiction! - More Tools
Posted by: toytron ()
Date: January 29, 2018 06:37AM

Keep us informed on this. I missed out on one last year and I have been kicking myself since.

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Posted by: texasuk ()
Date: January 29, 2018 06:49AM

That looks great, I want one! What does it do?

1964 Monza Convertible - now sold :-(
1962 Greenbrier - Never to be sold :-)

Living in the UK

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Re: This is an Addiction! - More Tools
Posted by: Spectre ()
Date: January 29, 2018 06:51AM

No such thing as too many tools!

David Clamp


1965 Corsa convertible - 140 4spd/3.55/AM-FM

2013 Mustang GT convertible - 5.0, 6spd auto, Procharger i-1

2003 Miata SE - 6spd manual (wife's toy)

"Victory is mine!" - SG

Oklahoma City, OK

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Re: This is an Addiction! - More Tools
Posted by: Chilly Willy ()
Date: January 29, 2018 06:56AM

texasuk Wrote:
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> That looks great, I want one! What does it do?
Ken will cover it. If I remember correctly the advance is shown on a light in that black outer ring.




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Will
Northern California

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Re: This is an Addiction! - More Tools
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: January 29, 2018 07:28AM

Congrats, I have been searching for a long time for one that is reasonably priced!

-Tom


63' Monza Spyder Convertable (in process) MY Build Thread
73' NovaSS 454 Big block
86' BMW 325es
98' Dodge 2500 12v Cummins Diesel with 1200 lb torque!
98' VW Jetta TDI, for daughter
01' Audi Allroad Stage 3 twin turbo

NFCC
Grand Island, NY

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Re: This is an Addiction! - More Tools
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: January 29, 2018 08:19AM

A place someone may want to check for old inventory of shop equipment is a long time community college auto shop. I picked up some deals years ago from my old alma mater Citrus Community College in Azusa California.

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Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: January 29, 2018 08:53AM

My Allen dist machine is too old to be renamed. Specs on the roller that resembles a venetian blind stop at 1965.

best wishes, Steve
Rear Engine Spec. Inc. Golden, Colo.

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo 1965 Crown V8
1967 monza 110/4 1968 monza 110/4
1971 amante gt 110/4
CORSA/RMC/PPCC

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Posted by: Darrin ()
Date: January 29, 2018 09:37AM

Looks pretty complete. The ones I have seen around here (DC Area) were pretty stripped down. nice.

Darrin Hartzler
Bethesda, MD

Corvairs in two states of the Union and varying states of disarray.

Northern Virginia Corvairs & Group Corvair

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Re: This is an Addiction! - More Tools
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: January 29, 2018 05:31PM

Tom, I will have my old Allen up for sale pretty soon!

As far as what this does,it holds and spins a distributor. There is a tach so you know how fast it is turning and you can change the speed and you can see where the mechanical advance starts advancing because there is a strobe light that flashes when the points open. There is a degree ring that is movable so you can set at zero to make it easier to see the advance happen and how much.

Ken Hand
Handy Car Care
248 613 8586

Vairmech@aol.com

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Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: January 29, 2018 05:45PM

I forgot to mention that I did fire it up today and it was noisy, there was lots of bearing noise so I tore it apart and ordered 6 R8 bearings and 2 R4 bearings.

They will be here tomorrow and it will go back together for a real test. Why are there 6 R8 bearings? I ordered an extra but the main rotor takes 3! 2 on the variable drive. The movable wheel only uses 2 of the R4 bearings. I find that a little strange because there is more pressure on the movable wheel than anything else.

Ken Hand
Handy Car Care
248 613 8586

Vairmech@aol.com

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Re: This is an Addiction! - More Tools
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: January 30, 2018 03:39AM

I have one just like it. There's a fellow in Michigan who specializes in parts and repair for them. He usually has some restored units for sale. I need to fix the vacuum pump on mine. It's also got a function for setting the Dwell.
Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com

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Posted by: jimmyo ()
Date: January 30, 2018 05:39PM

Very cool, I wish I had room for stuff like that.

Jim O'Connor
45 miles north of The Bronx, N.Y.
1962 Greenbrier 110 4spd
1964 Monza Convertible 110 PG
"Wherever you go....There you are"

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Re: This is an Addiction! - More Tools
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: January 30, 2018 06:12PM

JimBrandberg Wrote:
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> I have one just like it. There's a fellow in
> Michigan who specializes in parts and repair for
> them. He usually has some restored units for sale.
> I need to fix the vacuum pump on mine. It's also
> got a function for setting the Dwell.
> Jim Brandberg
> Isanti, MN
> CorvairRepair.com
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Between you and Seth, Thanks. I did order some parts from him. I ended up getting an updated idler wheel, the rubber rollers for the dial and a key for the chuck on the wheel. I didn't even have one for my old one!

Ken Hand
Handy Car Care
248 613 8586

Vairmech@aol.com

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Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: January 31, 2018 03:42AM

Mine went up in smoke shortly after I got it. The fellow in Michigan told me what parts to remove and send to him for testing. He was very helpful and it came out good.
Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com

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