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Retarding Ignition

PostPost by: William2 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:27 am

A quick question, to retard the ignition do you rotate the distributor clockwise or anticlockwise?
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:41 am

the distributor turns CCW, so retarding would be turning the finger CW

It can be remembered like this: engine turns CW, and as there is a gear for rotating the dizzy it turns CCW, then advance is rotating faster than it is so more CCW.
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PostPost by: RogerFrench » Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:17 pm

To retard a distributor you turn the body in the SAME direction as the rotor arm. The rotor then has to turn further to reach ignition point, so gets there later, or retarded.
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PostPost by: mark030358 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:10 pm

Clear as a bell that roger... hope all is good in Texas. Coming to the UK anytime soon?

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PostPost by: RogerFrench » Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:52 pm

mark030358 wrote:Clear as a bell that roger... hope all is good in Texas. Coming to the UK anytime soon?

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Thanks Mark. We were in Liverpool, so not far from you, at the end of September but no time to call. Next year maybe. Texas unchanged....
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