Magneto vs Battery/distributor change

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Magneto vs Battery/distributor change

Postby staninlowerAL » Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:21 pm

Looking through the parts manuals at the top of the page I found the instructions for changing to battery/coil/distributor was dated August 1952. Were all cubs made from introduction until a certain SN all magneto only or was the battery/coil/distributor available as an option from the beginning? Was the magneto dropped as standard equipment in favor of the battery/coil/distributor at a certain point in manufacturing? Thanks for any enlightment. Stan

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Re: Magneto vs Battery/distributor change

Postby Glen » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:07 pm

Hi,
Jim Becker probably knows more about this than I do, but in Raymond Durban's information it says IH came out with Battery Ignition on Cubs in 1950, at serial number 115403. That's the same serial number when they were changed to the voltage regulator too, he shows.
Before then they were all magnetos evidently. Then after that they offered a Battery Ignition conversion kit for Cubs with magnetos.
After 1950, both ignitions were available in the 1950's, it shows that in my 1955 Cub brochure. I think as time went by, less and less magnetos were put on at the factory. I don't know how long they had magnetos available, it might have been until 12 volts came out in 1964.
That's my thoughts, what do you think Jim, how much of this is right. :)

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Re: Magneto vs Battery/distributor change

Postby Jim Becker » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:30 pm

Glen pretty well covered it. When the battery ignition came along it was technically an option. But it was only an option in that any electrical equipment was optional. From then on, virtually every tractor would have had battery ignition.

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Re: Magneto vs Battery/distributor change

Postby staninlowerAL » Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:24 am

Glen and Jim: Thanks for sharing your knowledge. The volume of information available on this site and the willingness to share it is incredible. :!: :thanx: Stan


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