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[Spridgets] 1500 Midget tune up and interesting timing procedure!

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Subject: [Spridgets] 1500 Midget tune up and interesting timing procedure!
From: Adrian Jones <adrianjones747@earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 10:09:16 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Hi Folks,

Just yesterday I passed a lady cradling her infant in her arms.  Nothing wrong 
with that but she was driving a big SUV at the time.  Which got me thinking 
that I need to tune up this MG in case I need to get out of her way in a hurry 
one day.  This MG has got zero acceleration.  Sure, you can get up to 70 mph no 
problem, but it takes a while.

I have got the ZS set up nicely, I believe.  The spark plugs are a clean, very 
light chocolate brown.  The dashpot oil is always up to the mark.  Usually get 
about 23 mpg.  So I think I will take a look at the ignition side of things.  
I've got the Pertronix with the Lucas Sports coil, so I think I'll experiment 
with the spark plug gap (upping it from 25 to 35 thou) but I have a feeling 
that is a waste of time.

Meanwhile, has anybody got any thoughts on the ignition timing - I've set it to 
the book with a timing light but I'm thinking it may need fine tuning.  Is it 
just a matter of experimenting or is there a better way.  For instance, let me 
quote from the Moss Motors TR3 catalog:

"Setting the ignition timing after a tune-up is simply done by adjusting the 
distributor for maximum R.P.M. and then retarding the timing to give a drop of 
100 R.P.M in engine speed."

Great, eh!

Anyways, my MG runs great. starts first time, etc, but when you put the hoof 
down, nothing happens except a leisurely increase in speed.  I mean, at least 
my Toyota makes a big screaming noise when I do that.

Cheers,  Adrian
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