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shelbydoug

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Re: Thermostatc vacuum switch
« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2020, 04:47:34 PM »
Not just at idle. Any time the throttle is closed the vacuum signal to the distributor drops to a lower value, regardless of RPM. Decelleration for example. The only time the distributor vacuum advance would see manifold vacuum is during an overheat situation if it is all working properly.


No boiling water yet!

If it works the way I think it is supposed to, I actually like the idea of it closing the vacuum to the vacuum advance at idle.

It gives me tuning options.

Also I THINK that it switches at some point from engine vacuum to timed port vacuum. That's really what the question initially was getting at.

Either way, I'm ok with it. I probably will need to do the hot water thing to determine at what temp it opens and if it is simgle stage or dual.

I like the idea that it is still installed in the original thermostat housing. It is appropriate for a '68.

Now if I can only find a yellow plastic overlay for the ignition coil, like the battery top idea, I'd be happier.

Unfortunately, although looking great, the Marti Autolite spark plug wires crapped out already. Too bad. They looked great in the AUTOLITE cap.

I haven't thought about the original spark plug wires in 45 years. I was innocent then. I never realized how FREAKIN' BAD the original wire engineering was back then?  ::)

That's ok with me. I don't see any disadvantage to that function.
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Re: Thermostatc vacuum switch
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2020, 08:32:06 AM »
This has been a very interesting and informative thread.  I have a related question.  If you have electronic ignition does the vacuum advance still function?  I understand having it all hooked up to look correct but was wondering if it is actually doing anything?

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Re: Thermostatc vacuum switch
« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2020, 08:41:33 AM »
Electronic ignition (Pertronix etc) replaces the ignition points as a method of charging and discharging the coil. It has no effect on anything controlled by vacuum.


This has been a very interesting and informative thread.  I have a related question.  If you have electronic ignition does the vacuum advance still function?  I understand having it all hooked up to look correct but was wondering if it is actually doing anything?

Corey
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Re: Thermostatc vacuum switch
« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2020, 09:13:12 AM »
Electronic ignition (Pertronix etc) replaces the ignition points as a method of charging and discharging the coil. It has no effect on anything controlled by vacuum.


This has been a very interesting and informative thread.  I have a related question.  If you have electronic ignition does the vacuum advance still function?  I understand having it all hooked up to look correct but was wondering if it is actually doing anything?

Corey

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Re: Thermostatc vacuum switch
« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2020, 11:19:33 AM »
There are several hook up diagrams in the 68 Shop Manual.

By trial and error, I have determined that the engine vacuum goes on the bottom, the line to the carb "timed vacuum" is in the middle and the distributor vacuum advance goes on top.

If you put the distributor vacuum advance in the middle as the engine gets hot it will advance the distributor and raise the idle rpm about 400 rpms.

For me that doesn't work.

The tree seems to open at around 160 water temp. Apperently it is two stage? I don't know at what temp the valve distributes vacuum to the vacuum advance. I haven't gotten hot enough yet.
« Last Edit: July 12, 2020, 05:51:47 PM by shelbydoug »
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