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Vintage Sun Tune Up, Testers, Scopes, Analyzer, Distributor Thread

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Flathead Johnny, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. Flathead Johnny
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    The purpose of this thread is to gather information and pictures of Sun Tune Up Centers, Testers, Scopes, Analyzers, Distributors Systems.

    To share information about how we use them, problems we encounter and the solutions we come up with. Restoration projects as well as Tips and Tricks.

    I have found there is a HUGE lack of information on SUN. I have done hours upon hours of searching on Jalopy Journal, Garage Journal, Google and other sites and have come up with very little information.

    I hope this thread becomes a repository of SUN information and does not shortly fade way like other SUN postings.

    To kick things off here are some helpful sites.

    Some Sun Projects
    http://bambam.gmu.edu/sun/index_files/Page351.htm
    http://www.thegaragegazette.com/index.php?topic=351.0

    Some manual and system information
    http://home.earthlink.net/~rchaskell/auto/sun/index.html

    Refurbished SUN Distributors
    http://paramountd.com/index.html

    Company that Sells, Trades, Repairs and has information on Sun Machines
    http://distributortester.com/about.asp

    Sun Distributor Model 400 and 500 Manual
    http://www.starchak.ca/tech/pdfs/sun manual.pdf

    Sun Distributor how to youtube video


    Jalopy Journal Sun Threads
    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=343433

    CCT-10 Repair Thread and Manual
    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=343433&showall=1
    http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=32791

    Sun Manometer
    http://www.thegaragegazette.com/index.php?topic=18483.0

    Show them if you got them. Here is one of mine, more to come.
     

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  2. Bucksnort
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    Bought one in the 60's,stopped working in the 70's and basically gave it away.
    Still have the base cabinet,though.
    Can't remember the model #.
    Been jonesing for one for awhile now.
    Been looking at this site,expensive but all fresh.
    http://paramountd.com/index.html
     
  3. Kan Kustom
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    Great idea of a thread. I will add pictures of my machine as soon as I go to my shop.
     
  4. Shaggy
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    Shaggy
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    from Sultan, WA

    I have an allen distributer machine, the newest tuneup sheet in it is a 1961. It worked like a champ when I got it 2 years ago but now it's stopped lighting up. Anyone know a good place to read up on the trouble shooting?
     

  5. J. Fitzhugh
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    Great idea. I have a lot of Sun equipment from a home shop that operated from the early sixties. Some of the equipment goes back in the early 1950s.

    Jay
     
  6. Flathead Johnny
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    This is exactly what I hoped for! Thanks I will bring the link to the top.
     
  7. convx4
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    I got a Allen Syncrogaph and a bunch of Sun testers. If any one needs help getting there Allen working with an electronic dizzys PM me I've got it figured out. I also have some sun instruction manuals.
     

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  8. I've been looking for some blue hammertone paint to fix mine up a bit. I'm not having much luck though.
     
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  10. Flathead Johnny
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  11. Yes! I've seen that page. Good stuff! I have been looking for something in a quart to roll on because it seems to have a better effect. I can only seem to find the rust oleum in spray however.
    I did find some Rust Cap ( I think?) on amazon for $80 a gallon!
     
  12. jnichols
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    I picked this up a year or so ago. The coil tester, vacuum gauge, ohm meter and leakdown tester work. The rest are DOA. The main transformer in the scope is melted down and I have had no luck finding a replacement.
    I also have a BST-10 that I use at work now and then when I don't trust the shops midtronics battery tester, nothing beats a real carbon pile to check a battery.
    Found a repop manual on Fbay.
     

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  13. 38 Hump
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    Subscribed. I have an early 50's Distributor Tester model MD-1. Have updated the electronics and added a power source instead of using a battery. Just finished curving a Mallory dual point for my flathead. Worked like a champ.
     
  14. HarryT
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    Subscribed - I have a Sun MD1 and a Sun 404.
     
  15. Flathead Johnny
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    some more pictures of the sun 300
     

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  16. Flathead Johnny
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    some more pictures of the sun 300
     

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  17. Flathead Johnny
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    I was checking out the second link I included in the first posting. I just saw it has a paint section

    "Paint

    I've been looking for a source for the blue hammer-tone paint. According to Roger Kunz, folks have been pleased with Sherwin-Williams Dimenso Dark Blue Enamel. The product code is 522-2302 and the Dimenso paint is described in product info sheet CC-B5. The paint seems to be available in only the gallon size and has a shelf life (unopened) of two years. So be sure to have the the sales person check the date code on the lid before you buy it.

    I've bought a gallon, but haven't tried it yet."
     
  18. is this thread Sun only , or can anyone play?

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  19. Flathead Johnny
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    my hope is that the thread will stay SUN specific....but that snap on distrib-u-scope is sure cool
     
  20. Deuce3wCpe
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    Well dang now you start this thread.!!...just sold a 504 that was in the family for 35 yrs :

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    Sold it to a fellow Hamber though so he can carry on the tradition....



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  21. dep5
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    My 504 came from the Delco test laboratory in Kokomo, Indiana
     

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  22. I tried that route. We have an account at sherwin williams. No one had ever heard of it! Ha!
     
  23. Flathead Johnny
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    Deuce3wCpe, that is nearly in new condition...wow very nice
     
  24. I picked this little guy up last winter. I haven't had a chance to test it out yet.

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    I found this on eBay a while back...

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  25. Flathead Johnny
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    I called Snap On today for the off chance they would have some SUN manuals. No luck, I was told that all the SUN information prior to them acquiring SUN in 1995 was purged.
     
  26. Flathead Johnny
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    show them if you got them!
     
  27. 19indian
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    Here are a coulpe early machines I just picked up make me a offer. Both need some work I'm guessing.

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  28. Flathead Johnny
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    very nice, those are 6v right?
     
  29. 19indian
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    Yes both are 6 volt. The one on the left is really early very cool rolodex.

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