Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: USA & Singapore
Ferrari Life Posts: 5,509
308 ignition upgrades. Magoo? Peter?
OK, I know the ignition on the '79 308 is weak. Heck, I've already had to disconnect the low speed points set (Thanks for your help on that one guys!). Now Yesterday we had a beautiful (although chilly) December day. Roads were spotless and I wanted to take the Ferrari for the last ride of the year. I hooked up the battery and cranked and cranked. It wanted to run. It would catch, then die, catch, then die. It would "almost" run, but it wouldn't make that "spark of life" I was hoping for. I tried a little starting fluid because it was "almost" there. But that didn't help either. Temps were freezing, I got a couple of backfires that startled me. I know the gas is good and I had put some stabilizer in it before I put it away. I also know it was getting plenty of gas because of the backfire (through the muffler not the carbs) and odor. Just no fire. I am sure the plugs need to be pulled for cleaning at this point.
I want to rebuild/replace the entire ignition system. Out with the points, in with the electronic ignition. Also new coils and plugs. I want fire! I think my wires are fine unless you can come up with a reasonably priced replacement/upgrade. I know we have hit on the pieces of the ignition system upgrades in previous posts, help me put the whole thing together here. What do I need to make this upgrade and where do I get it? Approximately how much does it cost and how do I install it? I have the factory service manual for the car, an above-average knowledge of automotive repair and a well equipped shop. I also have a digital camera and am willing to make a photo-journal of the upgrade for Andrew's tech section.
Help me make Fire!
'79 308 GTS, '82 Jeep CJ7 Jamboree
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