Aldon Amethyst ignition controller

Okay, first up the money shot, so you can see that it works, then I’ll circle back and set out how I got there  To set the scene, that’s my bog-standard 2.0 Pinto with an Aldon Amethyst unit (resting on the heater bowl) effectively inserted between the distributor and the coil, running a user-definable ignition advance curve…

It’s all in the timing

When you’re sat next to your little girl’s bed in hospital, it’s 4am, you haven’t slept in days and there’s no more Jammie Dodgers left on the nurse’s station – the last thing you want is the banality of 24 hour telly. At times like these, you want distraction, you want warm comforting words, you…

Get to the point(s)

Now I know why my grandad used to say “I’m off to reset the points” every time he popped outside to light his pipe, (imagining, somehow, that my grandma wouldn’t notice the smell when he came back in ) … I’m having to fiddle with ’em as much as me old grandad  Rummaging around in the…

She eventually fires up again

Just a quick little update today. Finally got some time yesterday to see why the engine wasn’t firing, having had both the battery and jumper pack on charge over the weekend. I worked my way down the checklists in the Haynes and Autodata books (told you this was all new to me) and after making…

Gotta get my hands dirty sometime…

Well, it’s always the way – get a new toy, spend more time at work instead of playing with the toy  Anyways, to catch up on what’s happened since last time, I’ve; discovered that the local motor factors are useless – wrong rotor arm, condenser and rocker seal gunked the engine – will need another…