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Old car enthusiasts needed. Danger!

  1. May 12, 2010 #1

    Integral

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    I am still working on cleaning out my father in laws garage, found this device which I believe is a voltage regulator from a Ford. Note that it is in a wood case. Can some one verify or tell me what it is if I am wrong.

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    This is why I think it is from a Ford.
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  3. May 12, 2010 #2

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    At one time Ford ignition coils came in dovetailed oak boxes...
     
  4. May 12, 2010 #3

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    Wow.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390091235969&rvr_id=&crlp=1_263602_263622&UA=WXF%3F&GUID=bf8514b71270a0265360d900fff2974c&itemid=390091235969&ff4=263602_263622 [Broken]
     
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  5. May 12, 2010 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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  6. May 12, 2010 #5

    Integral

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    Wow, that was quick. Thanks, I was close but no blue chips.
    Looks like it may have some ebay value.
     
  7. May 12, 2010 #6

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    Yes. Don't clean it up in any way, though. Some people do rough restorations and they want parts in original as-found condition. If the buyer is a "restore to as-new" type, he will prefer to restore the coil to his own specs.
     
  8. May 13, 2010 #7

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    Those have been the basis of many jacobs ladder projects.
     
  9. May 14, 2010 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    No doubt this coil is the device that my dad mentioned. As kids they used these for all sort of shock gags. One was what seemed to be a gift, but in fact it was paper wrapped around a wire frame that was hooked to one of these. As the person takes it, you toggle something that causes the magnetic field around the coil to collapse, producing a 15KV or so spark.

    Funny stuff, huh ladies? :biggrin:
     
  10. May 14, 2010 #9

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    There seem to be quite a few of them on ebay. Looks like I could get something less then $10, hardly worth the effort....


    A Jacobs ladder you say? That sounds like a lot more fun then ebay!
     
  11. May 14, 2010 #10

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    I always thought so! I got tired of flaky contacts on the old ones that I had and made a transistor driven coil with a 555 for an oscillator.
     
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