[T3] B brain

Keith Park topnotch at nycap.rr.com
Sun Jun 10 16:06:53 PDT 2018

I remember coming into Winnemuccca NV, a slight miss for he past 100 miles
turned into a cylinder down as we pulled in.  Turns out the spark plug
connector resistor was burned out and as the gap to jump got bigger the
spark at the plug got weaker until it wasnt there.

Clue was also that the ignition harness lit up like a christmas tree in the
dark, as the voltage was getting higher as the gap to jump got longer.

Ahhh....  Invasion memories!


Topnotch Restorations
topnotch at nycap.rr.com
71 Squareback  "Hothe"
65 Notchback  "El Baja Rojo"
93 RX7  "Redstur"
95 Chrysler Cirrus Lxi "Cirfogsalot"
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From: type3-vwtype3.org [mailto:type3-vwtype3.org-bounces at lists.vwtype3.org]
On Behalf Of Jim Adney
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2018 12:21 PM
To: type3 at vwtype3.org
Subject: Re: [T3] B brain

On 10 Jun 2018 at 6:06, donrob at yachtsales.com wrote:

> I have seen a bad coil produce as very weak spark (especially in small one
> cylinder engines) where the engine would run, but not well.  A new coil
> fixed it right up.
> I once had a beetle come in with an odd looking coil that didn't run
> right.  Replaced it with the correct Bosch unit and it ran properly.

Yes, I've seen problems like that, too. Those are difficult to quantify and 
seem more like an extreme miss than simply a weak spark. It's quite possible

to get spark when the situation at the gap is easy, so the spark can jump
gap, but when the cylinder pressure is high, and higher pressure makes for 
better insulation, the voltage can't get high enough to jump the gap.

This makes for a sort of "situational miss" where an engine may idle, albeit

poorly, but die completely when the throttle is opened.

It's certainly true that if I see a poorly running engine with a bunch of
aftermarket parts replacing the reliable Bosch OE parts, the aftermarket 
parts get my first attention.

We also had a list member a few years ago who had been sold the taller 
Beetle dist cap for his Type 3. That meant the spark had to jump a couple 
rather large gaps inside the distributor in addition to the gap in the spark

plug. Since the Beetle cap is maybe 1/2" taller than our cap, it amazed me 
that the engine ran at all. I don't remember the details, but I don't think
it was 

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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