Steve Davis, of Davis Unified Ignition, Performance Distributors, sent me a couple nice notes today.
He is pleased he has some satisfied boating customers!
I have to tell you, my 1966 427s love that 50,000 volts to the spark plugs with the wider gap.
They run better than they ever have in the past.
Looking forward to a more reliable baoting season this year, and you know what that means: It means I need to check the wiring that the ignition switches, and all the way back to the motors and solenoids, etc., because loose wires do not fix themselves.
Back in 2006 when we were doing the photo shoot for MOTOR BOATING MAGAZINE, one of my engines acutally died on me during the shoot. It did not want to restart either. I ended up putting the starboard engine in gear while the port engine sustained our forward movement, and then hit the ignition switch with throttles partially open. The forward movement of the boat caught the rotation of the prop when the starter spun the motor and the combination sort of jump started that engine.
Preventative maintenance is what it's all about.
All that work and expense for the new distributors was a part of my PM program.
I hope it pays off.
So far neither engine has missed one beat after the new distributors.
One starts hard due to a carb issue right now, soon to be fixed.
However, once running, they sure run nice
A little hands-on experience from a bilge monkey
Time will tell.