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#1 DWR

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 02:04 PM

I am building a Monza funnycar and would like to know if they used magnetos or distributors back then. I have looked at some sites but can't get a clear picture and I am trying to be period correct.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 02:20 PM

I would think a magneto. I sell prewired ones (as well as distributors) MAD

Edited by Kris Morgan, 28 February 2011 - 02:21 PM.


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Posted 28 February 2011 - 02:36 PM

Hi Kris...thank you I just checked out your site, great items I will be placing an order shortly

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 04:08 PM

If it's a flip top funny car it is running a magneto for sure, two if you have a Hemi in it. And yes, Morgans stuff is great. Use it in all my builds now. Need to put in a order myself pretty soon.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 05:35 PM

Hi guys,
I built the Snake monza F/C some time ago.Using a pic I found,it looked like a Distributor,tan cap and all.I will try to find it again and try to post it here if you need it.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 06:29 PM

Depending on the era that you are talking about, it would clearly be a distributer. Magnetos didn't come in to widespread use until the early 80's.

Here is some photographic proof and good research.

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This last one is as late as 1979.
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Posted 28 February 2011 - 06:31 PM

Sorry Wayne,but you are not correct. Every one of those photos posted is of a magneto regardless of the cap design.
Long before Monza bodys were racing, all of the fuel burners would be using magnetos. Some mags used in the '60s and '70s had caps that made them look like distributors but be assured,....they were magnetos. No way could a battery operated, passenger car style ignition system fire a load of nitro.

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This Cirello type mag was very popular in the '60s. Looks like a distributor doesn't it?
Magnetos were used in race cars long before drag racing was even invented. You will find that they were pretty much required equipment in really hot cars from day one!
WF

Edited by 6bblbird, 28 February 2011 - 06:43 PM.


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Posted 28 February 2011 - 07:11 PM

I have a Mallory Mag just like the one in the 4 th pic. Looks like a stock cap on mine too. Mopar Tan in color.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 12:44 AM

Sorry Wayne,but you are not correct. Every one of those photos posted is of a magneto regardless of the cap design.
Long before Monza bodys were racing, all of the fuel burners would be using magnetos. Some mags used in the '60s and '70s had caps that made them look like distributors but be assured,....they were magnetos. No way could a battery operated, passenger car style ignition system fire a load of nitro.

This Cirello type mag was very popular in the '60s. Looks like a distributor doesn't it?
Magnetos were used in race cars long before drag racing was even invented. You will find that they were pretty much required equipment in really hot cars from day one!
WF


Right you are. Another popular mag in the '60s and '70s was the Schiefer, which also used a distributor-style cap. Pretty easy to duplicate in scale.

The twin mag ignitions that are SOP on modern fuel motors didn't show up until the '80s, pioneered by Dale Armstrong.

Here's a pic of the Schiefer magneto.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 01:46 AM

You can make a pretty realistic Schiefer mag using a kit base (there are plenty to choose from) and a RMCOM resin cap, like I did here.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:10 AM

Even if Wayne is wrong about the mags those are some great photos. Thanks Wayne

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:51 AM

Sorry for my ignorance. I'm not the most technically advanced drag racing guru out there but common sense told me that if it loooked like a distributer then it must be a distributer. Please excuse my mis-information. Sometimes, simply trying to help opens you up to criticism and/or correction. Thanks for the clarification and teaching me something new.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 05:04 AM

A bit of off-topic, but here goes: I'm not used to people apologising for their mistakes so this last post was a real candy to read ;) Realising you're wrong and saying:"I'm sorry." - sometimes I have the feeling that's something that died with the last of the knights a few centuries ago...

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 09:47 AM

I am building a Monza funnycar and would like to know if they used magnetos or distributors back then. I have looked at some sites but can't get a clear picture and I am trying to be period correct.



The older styles look like distributors but they are deff. magnetos (which is why they usually look so much bulkier under the cap area than a normal distributor does.

(edit) Sorry guys I guess I should have read the other responses before answering the question.

Edited by v8horsepowercj, 01 March 2011 - 09:48 AM.


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Posted 01 March 2011 - 11:17 AM

Magnetos were not only for the nitro burners ........ they were in use as early as the late '50's and early '60's .......... the most popular with the drag racers was the Scintilla-Vertex ........... shown below on Tommy Ivo's 4-engine monster and K.S. Pittman's injected small block Willys gasser .......... both pictures are from 1961

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 05:31 PM

Its actually simple. Distributors need electric current and a coil to make the spark ( a battery ) Magnetos have internal coils and make the spark thru the coil and magnetized rotor system. I rebuilt literally a thousand or more in my 23 years as an equipment mechanic. So if it aint got a battery it needs a mag!

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 07:58 AM

Maybe even earlierMags on Model Tees than that :lol:

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:51 AM

Its actually simple. Distributors need electric current and a coil to make the spark ( a battery ) Magnetos have internal coils and make the spark thru the coil and magnetized rotor system. I rebuilt literally a thousand or more in my 23 years as an equipment mechanic. So if it aint got a battery it needs a mag!


Yep...Old Motorcycles often used mags, as no battery was needed....just a strong leg.....:D

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 10:07 AM

Yep...Old Motorcycles often used mags, as no battery was needed....just a strong leg.....:D

Quite correct. In 1970 I heavily modified a 1967 Triumph Tiger 650 into a really long chopper. I had no battery or Zener Diode. The 67 had an A/C magneto ignition system with a rectifier and a capacitor. Just had to make sure you kicked it hard enough to git er going! LOL

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 10:03 AM

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