How To Wire Your Rat Bike or Motorcycle Project
How To & DIY

How To Wire Your Rat Bike or Motorcycle

Generally, building a rat bike or custom motorcycle project involves stripping the bike down to only the necessary functions. You can see that the original wiring looks extensive and complex. You don’t need to get scared because building a rat bike means that you can eliminate a lot of it… [Read More…]
How To Set Ignition Timing
Automotive Basics

How To Set Ignition Timing

Setting the timing on your engine is one of the most misunderstood adjustments, but the information on this video will help you understand and answer all of your questions about ignition timing. [Read More…]
Ignition System Coil and Distributor
Vintage Car and Truck Parts

Ignition System Parts

Search New, NOS, Used and Salvaged Ignition System Parts and Accessories for Vintage and Classic Cars, Trucks and Hot Rods. [Read More…]
Ignition System Coil and Distributor
Automotive Basics

Understanding Ignition Systems

The ignition system is a key component in making an engine run because it provides a way for the fuel mixture in the engine to burn. All gasoline engines require an ignition system. Most four stroke engines use mechanically timed electrical ignition systems. [Read More…]
understanding spark plugs
Automotive Basics

Understanding Spark Plugs

A spark plug is a device that delivers electric current from the ignition system in the combustion chamber to ignite the compressed air/fuel mixture with a spark. Spark plugs a metal threaded shell, electrically isolated from a central electrode by a porcelain insulator. [Read More…]
Solenoid and Starter
Automotive Basics

Understanding Car Starters

In the earlier days when automobiles were a new thing, a hand crank was used to start the engine, but by 1920, nearly every vehicle had self-starters. It had replaced the hand-cranking. [Read More…]
Automotive Basics

Understanding Cold Engine Starts

Starting a car with a cold engine is easier said than done. Cold weather will come; that’s for sure and inevitable. The trick is to not let cold engines stop you from driving your car without hassles. [Read More…]
Engine Ignition Coil
Automotive Basics

Understanding Ignition Coils

Ignition coils, also known as spark coils are an induction coil in an automobile’s ignition system. It transforms a storage battery’s 12 volts to the thousands of volts needed to spark the spark plugs. [Read More…]
Automotive Basics

Understanding Distributors

Distributors are an important part of the ignition system in an internal combustion engine. They are a device that routes the high voltage into the correct firing order to the spark plugs. Both magnetos and battery ignitions have distributors. [Read More…]
Common Firing Orders
Technical Info

Common V8 Firing Orders

MSD Ignition created this helpful chart that display many common V8 firing orders and distrubutor direction for AMC, Buick, Chevy, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac. [Read More…]
How to Test an Ignition Coil
How To & DIY

How to Test an Ignition Coil

This testing procedure is valid for just about any automotive ignition coil coil. Using an ohmmeter, check the resistance between the side terminals of the coil. Do this with all of the wires to the coil disconnected. You should see 0.75 to 0.81 ohms of resistance… [Read More…]
How To Start a Hot Engine
Automotive Basics

Understanding Hot Engine Starts

It is usually a cold engine, which is exposed to extreme weather that is difficult to start. However, a hot engine can have problems too. They can be tough to start and many people don’t know how to deal with this situation when it occurs. Here are some common reason why this may be. [Read More…]
Aluminum Heads and Spark Plugs
Automotive Basics

Understanding Aluminum Heads and Spark Plugs

Spark Plug seizure in an aluminum cylinder head is usually caused by improper installation and too much torque. Aluminum alloys are softer than cast iron. Different plug shell and head materials cause these metals to expand and contract at different rates. [Read More…]