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Timing light
#1125417 Mon Sep 21 2015 10:55 PM
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Shop Shark
Anybody use a battery contained timing light? I've seen them on eBay. I have a 6 volt system in my 48 3100 and wondered if this would be a good thing to have.

Thank you


Dennis
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Re: Timing light
oldbluetruck #1125420 Mon Sep 21 2015 11:28 PM
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Boltergeist
Never tried that approach. If I need to use my delay-flash light on a 6V system, I just connect the power leads to a separate 12V source like a motorcycle or lawn mower battery.
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: Timing light
oldbluetruck #1125480 Tue Sep 22 2015 03:02 AM
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Master Gabster
I need a new timing light. Any specific suggestions for one with the adjustment knob? It also needs to be bright enough to illuminate the BB without being directly aimed at it (distributor is in the way of my ancient, dim, non-adjustable one).
Carl

Re: Timing light
oldbluetruck #1125483 Tue Sep 22 2015 03:12 AM
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Gas Pumper
Since I do not know much about this issue, I went with a pretty top of the line one. Its really nice and does more than I expected. Whats really cool is how you can advance it anywhere you want. It has a tach and everything. Expensive, but I only do things once.

http://www.amazon.com/INNOVA-5568-P...amp;keywords=equus+5568+pro-timing+light


Deve

1950 Chevy 3100 Deluxe Cab
1950 Chevy 3100 Standard Cab
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More info and tips at Deve's Technet
Re: Timing light
52Carl #1125493 Tue Sep 22 2015 03:40 AM
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Boltergeist
Originally Posted by 52Carl
I need a new timing light. Any specific suggestions for one with the adjustment knob? It also needs to be bright enough to illuminate the BB without being directly aimed at it (distributor is in the way of my ancient, dim, non-adjustable one).
Carl


Get a Snap-On MT 2261. There's one on Ebay right now for $99.00. No sense in buying some off the wall knockoff when a professional quality tool that will last you a lifetime is available.
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: Timing light
oldbluetruck #1125534 Tue Sep 22 2015 11:34 AM
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Extreme Gabster
The Innova 5568 is not an "off the wall knockoff" and it is, a
well respected and professional quality tool. 99% of the
reviews that I've read are positive. There's always someone
that has a problem because they expect more than they've
paid for. The Snap On digital advance timing light is also
made in China, looks very similar and as usual, is priced
four times as much. Not sure if it has a dwell or voltage
mode as their site description makes no mention of that.
The ones I see on ebay are "pre-owned" and not buy now, but
are up for bid starting at $99.

I've been hearing the same comparison between Snap On and
(the old) Craftsman hand tools since I was a kid back in the
50's when I bought my first tools, which by the way, I still
have and use often.

I've had one of the Equus timing lights for quite some time
and it will fire, off of a 6v or 12v battery, is plenty
bright enough to hit the mark even out in a sunny driveway.
You get all this for a hundred bucks, Tach, Dwell, Timing,
Voltage, and Advance timing.

The only negative for an old man like me is, like most new
electronic test equipment, it is capable of giving me way
more information than I can handle. Because of all the
different modes and information that is available and the fact
that I don't use it every other day, I have to get the
instructions out every time I pull it out of the tool box.
Denny Graham
Sandwich, IL

Last edited by Denny Graham; Tue Sep 22 2015 12:16 PM.
Re: Timing light
oldbluetruck #1125595 Tue Sep 22 2015 06:52 PM
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Shop Shark
Deve, will the innova work on 6 volt systems?

Thanks


Dennis
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Re: Timing light
oldbluetruck #1125622 Tue Sep 22 2015 09:49 PM
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Gas Pumper
I do not know for sure. A good idea is to send a message to the seller or to Equus to see if the Innova series is capable of that.

From a few sites that ask this question, the answer is no, but the guys liked it so well they bought it anyway and then used a separate power source to run it. So apparently the metal inductor you put on #1 plug has a sensitive enough trigger to work fine IF you use a separate power source.


Deve

1950 Chevy 3100 Deluxe Cab
1950 Chevy 3100 Standard Cab
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Re: Timing light
oldbluetruck #1125673 Wed Sep 23 2015 01:23 AM
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Extreme Gabster
Geeze, you guys are as hard to convince as my "big old wife!"

So.....I just had to pull the truck out in the dark and hook
up the light to the 6v battery in my stock '50, 3604 and
document the experience for you.

Not the best picture that I've taken, but...it does show the
Innova timing light reading voltage, rpm and if you look
closely at the logo on the valve cover you can see the
strobe lighting it:
http://www.pbase.com/dennygraham/image/161372137

Denny Graham
Sandwich, IL

Re: Timing light
oldbluetruck #1125682 Wed Sep 23 2015 01:41 AM
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Shop Shark
Thanks Denny. Sorry to make you get out of your chair. Ill check into the innova 5568.

Thank you


Dennis
-there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer-
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