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Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
« Reply #15 on: 02.09. 2017 11:58 »
These readers tips were titled "Guinea Gimmicks" - if they publish your tip they send you a guinea ( 21 shillings or £1.05)

A lot of Motorcycle Mechanics articles had alliterative titles - "Camshaft Clues" "Spark sense" Weekend workshop" Technical topic" Wipac Wise" "Headlight Hints" and many more all published mid to late 1960s.

It was increased to "£2 Tips," eventually.

"Getta Betta 'Bretta!" and "Commie Dommie!" were among their unfortunate headlines, the latter being about a Wartburg-engined Norton special.  It was "geared for 110 mph."

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Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
« Reply #16 on: 02.09. 2017 12:04 »
Isn't that "spark intensifier" tip both proven to work, and the principle behind the "Rooster Booster" unit currently on sale?

An extra gap in the HT circuit can make a fouled plug fire on a worn engine that burns oil.

Drivers of petrol lorries used to cut a plug lead and poke the copper cores through a coat button to create the gap.

I'm not sure if it can help much with a distributor, as there is already an air gap between the rotor arm and the terminals.