vertex ignitions

Discussion in 'Ignitions & starters and electrically related comp' started by grumpyvette, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    It varies upon the condition and age of the Vertex Magneto.
    I am not sure what others get.
    Bill taught me how to rebuild them.
    Like a Secret society & sworn oath you do not disclose secrets. No one does online.
    $400 - 500 in parts often required.
    I can not give a full assessment till the Vertex magneto is in my hand.
    Full inspection.
    Spin test on my SUN distributor machine.
    Teardown & inspect all.

    Most found are worth rebuilding.

    Once rebuilt by me they will work for another 50 -100 years.

    Also a Doomsday Ignition.
    It will work after a Nuclear Blast.
    MSD will not and & nothing else will.

    Mags were used in all WW2 Allied Planes for a good reason.
    Able to withstand Direct Lighting Hits in the sky.
    Happens to MSD your going down to the ground & explode on sudden impact.
     
  2. JohnHancock

    JohnHancock Well-Known Member

    I think I’m going to look for one. It will look good behind a polished blower.
     
  3. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    OK.

    I like the Vintage Tan Cap & Blue Cap Vertex mags myself but all are decent.
    Lots of History in those old Vertex Mags. Most survived Ok if not kept in a damp wet area.
     
  4. rjs89ia

    rjs89ia Well-Known Member

    Just have to watch for deals. Even though the one I bought is missing a screw on the cap and I don't know anything else about the condition with a freshen I could have a like new mag for several hundred less than new.

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    When did the blue caps come about? I was curious how the color will work with my build.
     
  5. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    1970's into the early 1980's the Blue Cap Ronco Vertex Magnetos were built.
    Most were Chevrolet V8 Models.
     
  6. rjs89ia

    rjs89ia Well-Known Member

    Which colors did they have in the 60's?
     
  7. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Phelonic Brown 1950s and 1960s.
    Tan cap is nicknamed.
     
  8. rjs89ia

    rjs89ia Well-Known Member

    Found this pic on another site. Not like theres many to chose from. Think I'll stick with the blue. Vertexmagnetocaps_zps8dd06760.png
     
  9. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    The Black cap is all that is available now.
    The posts inside the magneto cap is pure high grade copper.
    Usually Ok.
    Can only verify spin testing.
    Spark gap rack.
    I have an ignition CRT oscilloscope too.
     
  10. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Vertex Mags were used on Harley Davidsons too.
    Karta Magnetos. Very Kool.
    Usually for Nitro methane Harley Race use at the track.
    It was very expensive new.

    Have one of those special Harley Vertex Mag caps New NOS.
    2 different firing orders used in a Harley Davidson.
    Why it has that unique sound.
     

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