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billschaller
Posted on Monday, February 04, 2002 - 05:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

can someone tell me about atwater kent ignitions. how do they differ from other types of ignitions?
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Richard Day
Posted on Monday, February 04, 2002 - 10:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bill why not get a copy of the Palmer handbook that Andrew sells on this webb page. There is a good description and wiring diagram in it. The AW system requires a special coil and don't try to file or mess with the points. They move so fast the human eye cannot see them open and close. It is a system that puts out a terrific spark from dead slow to full speed. Takes about 6-7 volt battery and the coils are hard to find. You will ruin the points if you try to use a six volt coil that is used with the typical auto distributor.
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andrew
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2002 - 10:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bill,
I just checked, and as Dick mentioned the PALMER GAS ENGINE HANDBOOK has about four pages of explaination of the Atwater Kent Ignition System with diagrams. It also has info and wiring diagram for standard jump spark and make'n'break ignition.
Regards,
Andrew
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Alfred Shaw
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Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 09:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How old is the Palmer Gas engine handbook? I am looking for Atwater Kent coil wiring diagram 1910. almlshaw@cs.com
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richardday
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Post Number: 435
Registered: 11-2003


Posted on Thursday, August 04, 2005 - 07:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Reprint Handbook is a consolidation of the 1911 and 1923 editions. The only editions I have ever found and I doubt there were any other editions. I removed redundent material and added notes regarding what we know now versus what they knew then. The AW wiring diagram is the only basic wiring diagram I have ever seen. The few other other wiring diagrams I have seen over the years technically all come back to this basic AW wiring diagram. I suggest you follow the warnings regarding distributor rotation and point setting/filing etc. AW distributors rotation can clearly be determined by examining the knotched shaft as it picks up the lifter. The "sparker" is what we now call a distributor and they came in different shapes and sizes and yet they all are the same basic unit when it comes to the operating contacts. They came in 1 to four cylinder versions. There may have been more but I have never seen a six or an eight.

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