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Offline Ian

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Ignition timing for 2 3/4 Douglas
« on: 18 Oct 2004 at 00:51 »
I am concerned that my 2 3/4 Douglas is running too hot and want to check the timing. The manual has a process for setting but does not mention what degrees BTDC it should be set at. Anyone got that info ?

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Ignition timing for 2 3/4 Douglas
« Reply #1 on: 19 Oct 2004 at 03:20 »
Ian,

All the 2-3/4hp instruction I have seen have the same non-engineering method of setting the ignition timing.  For those not familiar I paraphrase it here:

When the exhaust valve is just closing, the opposite cylinder is at its firing point.  Set the advance/retard control lever midway between full retard and full advance.  Turn the magneto so that the points are about to separate (the fiber shoe is just touching the cam.)  The magneto can then be installed, the gears meshed, and then secured.  

Obviously the ignition timing is not very critical!  Make sure if you are timing the front cylinder, you are not firing the rear plug.  Else you will find the engine will be very, very cold!   :D  

The previous depends on the exhaust timing being correct.  The exhaust should close 10 after top dead center, or less precisely, when the piston has descended 1/16.  
 
If you do not like that method, you could probably use the ignition timing for the 350cc EW model introduced in 1925, which was just an up rated 2-3/4hp.  The service book for the 350cc EW says to set full advance for 50 before top dead center.  

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Ignition timing for 2 3/4 Douglas
« Reply #2 on: 19 Oct 2004 at 03:44 »
Thanks Doug. I will see how different the two methods are !! I can't see how I can get anywhere near what would be a normal advance using the original method - half travel of the lever from 10 ATDC !!

 

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