1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4, Page #39[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Tractor Starting Problem SolvedGreg Hendricks, Oberlin, Ohio: Greg's a local industrial mechanics instructor and says he helped a local farmer solve a starting problem he was having with an old International æH' tractor. "The problem was that the coil in the magneto would cut off soon after the engine got warm. A new coil would have cost $100 or more. We replaced the original coil with a standard car coil which we bought at a local hardware store for about $12. To install it, we disconnected the wire from the contact points and connected the wire from the magneto case up to the car coil. The wire goes from the primary side of the coil to a toggle switch that we mounted on the platform by the tractor seat. Flipping the toggle switch causes the points to open or close. We also ran a wire from a hot lead to the battery connector or starter so we have 12 volts at the toggle switch all the time."
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