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wanted- wico oc mag screw in button and info on condenser


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Old 04-29-2005, 04:22:56 PM
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Default wanted- wico oc mag screw in button and info on condenser

evenin all.

Ive just got the wico mag off the 20hp bessie, and Im starting to refurb it.

despite a set of badly bent points, I put a couple of wires on, pressed the lever, and a big fat spark shot across. just goes to show the old timers knew how to keep it somple, it's been standing outside at least 40 years !!

anyway, its all being cleaned but Im missing a part, its the button that screws into the leadout tower that clamps the spark plug wire in place. If anyone has one I would be happy to send dollars if you would post it across the pond.

Also, as I restore vintage valve radios I know the old style condensers aren't the best, so was going to put a modern replacement in while the box is open.

does anyone know the value and voltage rating?

cheers

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Question Re: wanted- wico oc mag screw in button and info on condenser

If it aint broke - don't fix it! An old Amish saying. The more modern condensers may lead to coil trouble. If you are getting a healthy spark - why mess with a good thing? Good luck!
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Old 04-30-2005, 09:15:14 AM
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Try www.magnetoparts.com

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Exclamation Re: wanted- wico oc mag screw in button and info on condenser

Steve:

You usually can't go wrong if you use a modern Mylar capacitor to replace the magneto condenser (capacitor=condenser).

Value should be between 0.22 and 0.33 microfarad at 500 to 600 Volts. Operating temperature shouldn't be a problem.

A modern capacitor shouldn't have any effect on the lifetime of the coils.

Take care - Elden
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Default Re: wanted- wico oc mag screw in button and info on condenser

cheers Elden,

after my wrist slapping from Andrew I ve put it back together using the old condenser.

the points took a bit of fiddling with as both they and the moving contact bracket were well bent. After straightening everything out the moving point wasnt aligned with its tube, so I reckon somethings been bodged in the past.

I ended up packing the bracket out with a couple of thin washers so everything was nicely aligned, and this did the trick.

the only other thing is that the armature doesnt want to shut properly, the return spring has gone weak .

Ive confirmed this by adding a packer and this has made the problem go away but longer term I will obtain a longer spring.

Anyway Its back together tonight (before I forgot were everything went !!)
and sparking like a good thing. If everything else goes aswell we'll be blowing smoke rings from bessie before were much older.

cheers for now

steve
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