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Timing Light Recommendation

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Bowbender, Oct 19, 2018.

  1. Oct 19, 2018
    Bowbender

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    I need to get a timing light and am looking for advise. I don't mind spending money on a good tool, but I'm not sure what I should be looking for. Some help would be much appreciated.
     
  2. Oct 19, 2018
    Focker

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    Get an old Sears or Penske from a yard sale. (y)
     
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  3. Oct 19, 2018
    Bowbender

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    I've seen a few on fleabay.
     
  4. Oct 19, 2018
    Dave Deyton

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    I love my old Penske timing light, vacuum guage, and dwell meter.
    Got an adapter for the 24V on the M38A1 but I haven't tried it yet.

    Dave
     
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  5. Oct 19, 2018
    heavychevy

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    X2 on the sears, penske light
     
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  6. Oct 19, 2018
    Buildflycrash

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    This is another "you get what you pay for".
    I bought a Harbor Freight timing light a few weeks back - it worked for about 5 minutes.
    Got another at NAPA that seems good.

    Lots of places you used to find them (including some auto parts stores) don't even carry them anymore.
     
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  7. Oct 20, 2018
    sterlclan

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    as with all electric tools from there, if it makes it five minutes it will probably last five years...
     
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  8. Oct 20, 2018
    PeteL

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    Interesting. Is the adaptor for the voltage, or the shielded HT wires? Where did you find it?

    I just run the timing light off an independent 12volt source. For the induction sensor, I remove one end of a waterproof plug wire and insert a short section of conventional wire.
     
  9. Oct 20, 2018
    Dave Deyton

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    Iv'e gsot to read the instructions. As I understand it since the plug wires are shielded to be waterproof, you screw the adaptor on to #1 sparkplug and clip the lead on to it. It has in the kit a spark plug adapter and a wire for the dwell meter. I got it from a member of the local Military Vehicle Club.
    He was having a yard sale and offered things to members first. They are military surplus, he such good prices, I bought a lot of things.

    I will have to read the instructions, the engine is torn down, so I haven't tried to use it yet. I will take some pics today.

    Dave
     
  10. Oct 20, 2018
    baldjosh

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    X2 , or a thrift shop, etc...if it works it works, no need to spend a bunch of money
     
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  11. Oct 20, 2018
    Dave Deyton

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    Okay, here is the kit:
    24V electrical Test Kit (2).JPG

    Looks like it will be very usefull.

    Dave
     
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    PeteL

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    wow. great score!
     
  13. Oct 23, 2018
    ITLKSEZ

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    Speak of the devil. I was at a thrift store yesterday and spotted these...

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Oct 23, 2018
    Daryl

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    I have a couple of sunpro lights that work really well as long as you keep the wires out of the fan.
     
  15. Oct 24, 2018
    PeteL

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Yup. There is a reason a lot of those lights had rubber armor on the nose....
     
  16. Oct 26, 2018
    matt johnson

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    Did you obtain one yet?
     
  17. Nov 3, 2018
    Bowbender

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    I did, an old Penske.
     
  18. Nov 3, 2018
    Focker

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    (y)
     
  19. Nov 8, 2018
    chrisg

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    nice... I had two, and tossed em after cleaning out the shed last year. Just got my jeep in Oct and needed a new one, along with a dwell meter, kept it, but it was broken. Bought a new type timing light from NAPA for around 50 bucks... shoulda kept one of them, but that's my luck:banghead:
     

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