Unfortunately, it was a car a friend was considering buying, but, as usual,
he’s passing by a decent deal in order to wallow and lament about there not
being any good cars out there. Whatever.
a) coil was stock
b) it was a Lucas 25D distributor
c) the low tension lead crumbled into bits melted
4) the lead from the condensor to the points was melted
5) it had that nice electrical BBQ smell
6) the cap looked fine, as did the main harness-to-distributor lead
7) The plastic insulators on the points were all melted, so it was
impossible to determine whether that had all been hooked up properly
8) The low tension lead from coil to distributor was a replacement, could
have been there for years, might have been replaced as a result of melting.
(The coil and distributor are right next to each other on this machine, so
this wire does not go through the loom.)
I wonder whether the scorched and toasted main coil high tension lead was a
seperate problem having to do with the lead not being pressed home all of
the way, and erosion from arcing.
This was a TR4, but it’s all the same stuff, really. Thanks all for your
suggestions, but since my friend is laming out, and the car is 40 miles
away, I will not be able to do any more investigative work.
–Roger Los-----Original Message-----
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On
Behalf Of Randall Carlson
Sent: Thursday, July 15, 1999 12:57 PM
Subject: Re: [E-Type] Fried distributor
John, I think that you and Dennis have Larry and me on the run. I am willing
admit that some mis-wiring has probably occurred at the coil, but how do you
guys explain this. . .
Roger Los wrote:
The low-tension lead had melted, as had the lead
from condensor to the points.
. . .without conceding that the condenser had shorted out? If Roger would
kindly come out from under his car, could help out by returning to the scene
the crime to determine if the wiring is correct.
Not yet throwing in the towel,