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Technical 1949 8ba

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dogface13, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. Dogface13
    Joined: Dec 30, 2014
    Posts: 6


    Need a little help. I have a 8ba running a Petronix ignition. Electronic fuel pump. I left key ignition on over night. No ignition ballast. The pertronix bench tested ok but i changed anyway. Tested spark plugs for spark with inline tester test ok. Coil test ok. Car turns over. I’m getting fuel. Engine won’t even backfire. I have not changed anything else. Please. Any suggestions. Btw car started right up before leaving ignition on.

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  2. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 5,228


    Put a points distributor back in the car. I don't know if your car is 6 or 12 volts, but the 6 volt Pertronix have a terrible reputation.
  3. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,162


    If you don't have a loadomatic with points, I have one with a cap you can have for the cost of shipping. PM me if interested.
  4. David Chandler
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,101

    David Chandler

    I think tubman is on the right track. Put points back in and try it. My guess is that it will work. Pertronix is known for issues. Some have good luck with then and some don't. Cars ran on points for years and years, and had a lot less problems. Your flathead has a distributor that's easy to get to, so working on points shouldn't be a big deal.
    Good Luck. I love 8 BA's and 8RT's.
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  5. coilover
    Joined: Apr 19, 2007
    Posts: 617

    from Texas

    The Ford Loadamatic distributors 49-53 were a POS also. There were some aftermarket dizzy's that were much better or you can make your own. I like the Chevy ones with the external point adjustment window for both parts availability and dependability. Not much lathe work to fit into an 8BA and a hold down tab is easy to fabricate.

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  6. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 5,228


    It's blanket statements like this that mislead a lot of people. Load-a-matics are fine if kept in good shape and used on a stock engine with the proper carburetor. Granted, if you start changing things around, you are going to run into problems, but Ford never intended these engine to be modified. I personally hate the look of a GM HEI on a flathead.
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  7. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,600

    from Zoar, Ohio

    I have run an original rebuilt loadamatic on my 37 coupe with dual 94’s now for 12 yrs. runs perfectly.
    I even split the advance Venturi vacuum advance on each carb and lightened the advance spring tension.
    But maybe I just got lucky.
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  8. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 555


    Times 2 on what tubman said.
    Also, the loadamatic is VERY RELIABLE as long as you can achieve the proper vacuum profile.
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