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Originally posted by Rockatansky Rockatansky wrote:

the only Red wire i know of is 1 of the 2 wires that power the module, does the Red also hit the coil + ? 
 I'm not familiar with the factory harness or what it's supposed to look like but i do remember the Red & White power to the module leads

Well, actually it's a red with light green stripe.
For ignition module, the wires on harness side is red with light green stripe and red with light blue stripe. Module side wires are red and white.

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1977 Opel Commodore Coupe Euro personal luxury car
1969 Vauxhall Viva small American
1989 Opel Kadett GSi 16V known as Pontiac LeMans
1978 Moskvitch 412 Soviet rally
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Time for another update.

So, holidays between Christmas and New year were mostly dedicated to Thunderbird. Plan was to put back the intake, valve covers, carb, sort out wiring, vacuum hoses and hopefully start the engine.

On intake I "ported" the most obvious casting imperfections in intake ports.

Before:


And after:


Handmade gaskets for carb.


Luckily found (in the trunk of the ‘Bird LOL) a missing charcoal canister. I knew, that it was there, but, as there already was one canister in the engine bay, I thought, that canister abandoned in trunk, was not from this car. After looking in shop manual, it was clear, that it’s a usable part. Thank God it was not thrown away by previous owner.


Intake and valve covers back on.


Carb back on.


Installed the distributor and (temporarily) air filter. Even with all the other mess all around, the engine bay now looks a hundred times better!


Sorted out the wiring to ignition module and installed the module in place.


Had to install back a TFI coil. In the future I plan to put back a original coil, as with the TFI coil I can not put the air filter on.


Tried to figure out where all the vacuum hoses should connect, but it’s a total nightmare, and, as it is obvious, that there is still some things missing, I temporarily plugged all the not absolutely necessary hoses.

Roughly adjusted the ignition, and the car started! Even with not very precisely adjusted ignition and the carb, that I didn’t touch at all, the engine works better than with the old broken carb and hacked TFI distributor. And, yes, this experiment shows, that the Duraspark module and distributor can work together with the TFI coil.

Went to check that Econoline with the 351W engine. The engine could not be started, as there was no engine control module on the car, so at least I wanted to check the compression pressure. It was a total nightmare to remove the spark plugs, and, to gain access to two spark plugs on the right bank, we cutted out a part of the firewall Confused. Disapointing thing was that the compression was low, not much better than my current engine, but anyway I decided to buy this engine, because it is very cheap ( as I showed the seller that the engine is not in very good shape, he agreed to sell it to me for almost the price of a scrap) and more or less it is the correct engine to my car. In a week or two I have to take the engine out of the Econoline as the owner wants to scrap the remains of the car.

Thanks for reading!

Andris
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1977 Opel Commodore Coupe Euro personal luxury car
1969 Vauxhall Viva small American
1989 Opel Kadett GSi 16V known as Pontiac LeMans
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rockatansky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-January-2018 at 10:04AM
wow look'n good!
 
can you bend the bracket or add a 90 to make the coil point forward rather than stand straight up?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Big Bird Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-January-2018 at 11:28AM
mount the coil out on the Air conditioner compressor brackets?
The above post should be read in a "Grumpy Old Man" voice.
Almost forgot: "Get off my lawn!!!"
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