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Need a fair price on a magneto type Model T coil tester.


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Old 02-28-2011, 09:03:57 PM
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Default Need a fair price on a magneto type Model T coil tester.

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I have a chance to purchase a gen-u-wine Ford Model T coil tester, something I've been interested in for years.

This is the one that uses the flywheel (magnets) and magneto coil from the Model T engine. It is hand cranked and has a voltmeter, ammeter and a slot to insert a coil for testing and adjustment.

As to condition, it is original but dirty. It's been stored in a dry loft for decades. As far as I know it all works except the owner says one of the meters is bad.

He is an old friend and I want to be more than fair to him so need to get a realistic figure I can offer without taking advantage of him.

Sorry, but I have no photos but I've been told that these testers were all the same, probably dating back to the early Model T years, about 1910 to 1915 or so.

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Default Re: Need a fair price on a magneto type Model T coil tester.

Hi Elden, I have a fellow near me has one as well, and he figures it's worth 2 grand, but then he figures a beat up old Model T Coil is worth 200 bucks as well....LOL

Sorry can't help ya but will be interested to see what you find out, as I wouldn't mind getting this one near me either.

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Old 02-28-2011, 10:32:05 PM
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Default Re: Need a fair price on a magneto type Model T coil tester.

Hi Elden, the folks on the MTFCA site may be have some insight - check this thread for example: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages...tml?1298945958

If you go into the coil adjustment buisness, i'll send you mine to fix up.
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Default Re: Need a fair price on a magneto type Model T coil tester.

I would say in the "barn fresh" condition you are describing $1,000 would be tops. Restored $2,000-$2,500

I think a fair price of $800 would make you both happy.
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Default Re: Need a fair price on a magneto type Model T coil tester.

I have an Allen Hand Crank Coil Tester.

No self respecting vintage equipment tech should be without one.

Here's a related discussion with some input from
Ron Patterson, a very reputable coil rebuilder:

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages...tml?1290947842

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Default Re: Need a fair price on a magneto type Model T coil tester.

I sold mine for $100 4 yrs ago it had 2 meters checked coils horn and sparkplug. need alot of work to restore it, I think $600 range would be fair,
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Default Re: Need a fair price on a magneto type Model T coil tester.

Thanks, guys for the input so far. It gives me something to think about.

If it's worth that much, I may just help the family sell it. Even though I've looked at it for years, I can't afford to pay that much for it.

Time will tell.

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Default Re: Need a fair price on a magneto type Model T coil tester.

Ron Patterson really is the guru on these. He has probably had over a hundred of them come through his place. He probably has over 30 of them in his collection at this time but I think he has been thinning the herd a bit. Trying to stay married probably. He sells his restored ones for $1500-$2000 depending on what model. I agree with the $800 estimate but that assumes that the AMMETER is good. That is key to its value. Voltmeter isn't offered on most models and really isn't necessary. There is an inductor in the base of them that usually is missing but I make them up if you need one but that inductor is NOT for testing coils but rather for testing magnetos in the car by bringing the beast to the T and connecting it up to the tester. I have a restored Allen tester myself but it has only the single AC ammeter - no voltmeter. If the unit in question has 2 original meters and they both are good then that would increase its value but if the ammeter is bad then that really decreases its value since there isn't anyone rebuilding those movements any more. Ron Patterson had a guy doing it for years but that guy is no longer a source so the operation/restoration really hangs on the condition of the ammeter.

Ron Patterson is very helpful and can supply missing mechanical parts and will even restore the unit for you at a fair price but he will NOT ship it. Too many heart breaks doing that. You must arrange transport of the restored unit via hand carry method from Ron to final owner or he won't get involved. Ron is also known as "coilman" and is famous for his rebuilt T coils. I have no $$$ connection with Ron but he IS a close personal friend of many years.
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Default Re: Need a fair price on a magneto type Model T coil tester.

Elden,
I agree with the $700-$800 range. I looked for one for a long time and didn't want to pay the price myself, but a few years ago I found someone selling reproductions on eBay that were built by students in a manufacturing class at a vocational school. I believe the instructor was a T enthusiast and was reponsible for initiating the project. I think I got the last one available at the time. All I had to do was supply the coils and a flywheel with magnets. I think I have a little over $200 invested and I've used it quite a bit. I don't think it would be hard at all for a guy of your abilities to build your own. Of course, it would be nice to have an original.
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Default Re: Need a fair price on a magneto type Model T coil tester.

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Elden,
I agree with the $700-$800 range.

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I don't think it would be hard at all for a guy of your abilities to build your own. Of course, it would be nice to have an original.
Except for the fact that I really like the thing and have liked it since I was a little kid a Loooooong time ago, I wouldn't have a use for it.

Thanks for the compliment.

Don't even own a buzz coil.

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Default Re: Need a fair price on a magneto type Model T coil tester.

Just a bump.......

I did get the magneto tester and have restored it. The story's on my webpage.
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