1989 - Volume #13, Issue #4, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Removed the Electronic Ignition From His PickupWhen the electronic ignition module on Larry Moeller's 1980 Ford Courier pickup went out, he replaced it with the distributor from a 1977 Ford Courier pickup along with the points, plugs, condenser and voltage reducer, saving about $100 over the cost of a new module.
"Ford and other pickup manufacturers equipped their 1978 to 1982 models with electronic ignition as standard equipment. The electronic ignition module fires the distributor, and replaces the points, plugs and condenser. It was designed to save money on tune-ups. Replacing the module on full-size 1978 to 1982 pickups costs only about $25. However, replacing the module on compact pickups like my Courier costs about $125 because the engines and components are foreign-made. The modules were available only from Ford, and my dealer said I'd have had to wait two to three weeks for delivery. Installing the old distributor and other tune-up parts cost only $25, and I'll never have to worry again about an electronic module going out."
Moeller hooked the distributor up to a porcelain voltage reducer to keep from burning the points and he used the pickup's original coil. "Installing the new distributor was easy. I simply removed one bolt, slid the old distributor out and the new one in. I bought the voltage reducer at an auto parts store and bolted it on."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Larry Moellers, Moellers Machinery, Creighton, Neb. 68729 (ph 402 358-5513).
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