7.   AccuSpark Timing lamps.

Timing should normally be carried out at approx. 800 revs   with the vacuum disconnected.

All AccuSpark timing lamps come with simple connections
Connect Red clamp to a positive power source, battery or Fuse box etc.
Connect Black clamp to negative terminal on battery or earth
Connect the inductive pick up on to Number 1 spark plug lead, with the arrow pointing the spark plug.

Pull trigger and point lamp beam at timing marks, read scale from engine.

Pull trigger and point beam at timing marks, align timing mark on pulley with TDC mark on engine with adjusting knob, when marks are aligned read timing from scale on timing light.

Select angle and 2 or 4 Cyl on timing light. P8000   Pull trigger and point beam at timing marks , align timing mark on pulley with TDC mark on engine with up and down buttons , when marks are aligned read timing from scale on timing light .
In addition the SP8000 has a rev counter feature:  with the engine running select rev counter feature with the left hand buttons
Ignition timing guide
As a general rule, the more advance on an engine without causing detonation (engine knock) the more power it will produce.

Average timing settings are around 6 – 14 degrees BTDC at 800 revs .
The Distributor should be advanced until the best fastest idle can be achieved within this range.
Then the total advance should be checked at around 4000-5000 revs this should be typically be around 30-40 BTDC.
If when test driven there are any rattling sounds (pinking or detonation) from the engine the ignition should be retarded until this stops.
If engine runs on ignition timing should also be retarded.
2.   Fitting AccuSpark module to existing Distributor
See special notes at end of paragraph relating to specific kits before proceeding.
1. If access is poor and removal is necessary first remove distributor as in next section (fitting new Distributor)
2.  Disconnect low tension lead from side of distributor (this will be connected to the module later)
3. Remove distributor cap
4. Remove Rotor
5. Remove Points and condenser, these will no longer be needed, keep screws
6. Establish correct position of module, on many kits this is not the same as the points and often the condenser fixing point is used.
7. Open the sachet of white silicone heat sink and spread ½ the contents on the base of the module, keep the reminder if required at a later date.  This helps dissipate the heat from the module. Paste will not be required for those kits supplied ready fitted to a baseplate.
8. Fix Module to baseplate and fix using the screws removed from the points
9. Use the supplied cable tie to secure the wires away from the centre of the distributor.
10. Push the supplied trigger ring down onto the centre cam, this should be a snug fit, if loose some kits are supplied with a packing piece. Place this on first then push the trigger on. If nothing supplied wrap a small piece of tape around centre cam and the push trigger wheel on.  If it appears to be too tight, the inside surface can be scraped with a Stanley or craft knife. The Rotor can be used to help push the trigger down squarely. When fitted the gap between the trigger and Module is not critical but the two should not touch
12. Refit rotor
13. Refit cap
14 Proceed to connecting your AccuSpark Section 4
Special Notes
1.      Lucas 23: On the Lucas 23D kit it will be necessary to remove two small lugs from the base plate in order  to allow the baseplate to fit flush
2.      Lucas 45D: some kits are supplied with a trigger and a combined trigger and rotor, if provided use the one with the best fit. Do not use both
3.      Lucas 48D4 and 59D4: The small locating post for the blue self-cleaning points should be removed, or the baseplate replaced if one has been provided.
4.      Motorcraft/Fomoco:  Some distributors may require the cutting of a small slot in the base plate to allow the wires to exit
5.      Fiat , Lucas DK and 18d2  kits come fitted to a complete Distributor baseplate and do not require any paste.
3. Fitting a new AccuSpark Distributor.

Turn engine to TDC with rotor pointing to number one HT lead. Mark the position. Loosen the clamp and remove distributor. When fitting new distributor it may be necessary on some models to use the existing clamp.  Insert Distributor.
a.      Distributors with an offset keyway can only be inserted in 1 position. Once inserted if the position of the rotor differs from original this should be treated as number 1 and the cap and leads should be fitted accordingly.
b.      Distributors with a gear can be fitted in any position. It should be inserted attempting to position the rotor to the same position as the old unit. Once fitted  the rotor will be pointing to number one , fit cap and leads accordingly
4. Connecting AccuSpark
Existing distributor with AccuSpark Module /Full new AccuSpark Distributor

It is recommended that any radio suppressors are removed before fitting.
Your Distributor will now have a Red wire and a Black or Blue wire, it may be necessary to lengthen the red wire on some models, standard auto wire can be used and we would recommend 1.5 mm/15 amp wire as being suitable, good quality crimps or solder should be used

1. Connect the black wire to the existing low tension wire running to the negative side of the coil.
2   Connect the red wire to a 12 volt source as below
a.      Standard ignitions: Connect to positive terminal on coil. See fig 1a
b.      Ballast ignitions:  Connect to the 12 Volt side of the resistor or wire (DO NOT CONNECT TO COIL). See fig 1b
if the position of the resistor or wire is unknown connect to ignition key or the live side of the fuse box (not through a fuse). see fig 1b

NOTE : If unsure of your ignition type connect as  b.

Special Note CDI Ignitions:
AccuSpark is compatible with CDI units such as MSD 6AL
Follow instructions and connect black wire to CDI as if connecting points low tension wire. The red wire should be connected to the same switched power source as CDI unit.
The Red wire should not be connected to the coil under any circumstances.
 5. Starting the car
Attempt to start car, in most cases the car will start. In some cases the distributor will have to be turned a few degrees in each direction until car starts and best idle can be achieved. Then the engine can be timed with a strobe.
PLEASE NOTE: It is not possible to accurately set timing statically, a strobe lamp must be used.
6.      Trouble shooting and test Guide
Note: If at any point the module has been incorrectly fitted and the polarity reversed the module will no longer function.
Engine will not Start
Ensure the rotor has been refitted and the centre brush in the cap is OK
Ensure that the baseplate earth wire is in good condition.

1. Crank engine to start car. If the car makes attempt to start i.e. misfires or appears to jam, then the ignition timing will need adjustment. Rotate the Distributor until car starts.
If the car makes no attempt to start proceed to step 2
2. Remove the centre lead from distributor cap, have someone crank the engine while holding the end of lead near engine block ( use insulated pliers to avoid shock )  if lead sparks then re-check installation of distributor/kit fitment of cap , rotor , firing order. If lead fails to spark go to step 3
3. ( mainly Lucas 45D type ) Remove the cap and rotor , In some cases it is possible for the trigger and module to be misaligned, it is possible that the trigger may be too low, raise the height of the trigger by 2mm DO-NOT  refit rotor or cap  , repeat test 2 . If lead sparks then it will be necessary to fit an o ring under trigger or supply a different rotor. (contact AccuSpark for assistance ) .
If no spark go to step 4
4. Replace cap and Rotor , refit plug lead , connect the red wire of module to the positive terminal of battery , also connect the + side of coil direct to battery , If car starts or makes attempt to start , check all installation . If car fails to show any sign of starting, contact your retailer for return Policy
Car was running and now won’t start or runs poorly
If the Vehicle develops a misfire when hot this could be the early signs of a failure
this is normally caused by the following.
1.      Car is overcharging (more than 14.5 Volts) causing the module to fail. Excessive voltage will cause extra Voltage to run through the module, this will create extra heat and early failure.
2.      Heat sink paste has not been applied, meaning the module is unable to efficiently dissipate heat
3.      Incorrect coil with too low a resistance or an electronic coil has been fitted. Coils with a resistance of less than 1.5  will allow too much current to flow and cause excessive heat .

4.      Incorrectly matched coil and Ballast Resistor or wire will cause overheating of Module.

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