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Troubleshooting Lucas Points
Created: May 14, 2008
Troubleshooting Lucas Points The following document discusses the operation of the basic “points type” ignition system. Included are steps to troubleshoot the ignition system. This document presents a negative ground system only. Please read the Theory of Operation section before attempting to troubleshoot your ignition system.
123 Ignition Mounting Instructions
Created: January 31, 2006
Mounting instructions for the '123ignition' type : 123\MINI-R-V & 123\MINI-R-V-A+ for : all 6 & 12 Volt cars, negative earth only ! IMPORTANT Please read the entire instructions before you begin installation. If after reading you are unsure of the procedure to be followed, please ask som...
123 Distributors for the Mini Cooper
Created: January 31, 2006
The last distributor you will ever need is now available for your Mini or Mini Cooper S. The '123 Distributor' from the Netherlands is a revolutionary design that allows you to have the exact ignition curve that you need for your application. And most importantly this is true if you have an 850 or a full blown 1275cc engine.
Initial ignition Timing Set-Up and Distributor Guide
Created: September 25, 2000
Any deviation away from the original standard engine specification, or where a dizzy from another source is used in the engine you have, the ignition timing will generally be different from that set by the manufacturer.
Created: September 15, 2000
Any dizzy can be set to get maximum power. No problem. Unfortunately that's only one spot on the whole power curve/rpm range. If the curve isn't right elsewhere, the engine will be either loosing power - in some instances by substantial amounts - or detonating its self into oblivion and a costly re-build.
DISTRIBUTORS - working basics.
Created: September 15, 2000
To maximize power and economy potential from any engine, burning the compressed fuel/air mixture at precisely the right point throughout the engines entire rpm range is essential. This ‘point’ is generally somewhere before the piston reaches TDC on its power stroke described in degrees - i.e. 10 degrees BTDC.
DISTRIBUTOR - Electronic ignition
Created: September 15, 2000
Since the A-Series has such an efficient combustion chamber design, the standard points set-up is perfectly capable of providing sufficient sparks for effective combustion when new. And this is the problem. They require regular servicing to maintain maximum performance. This can be a chore, so is generally neglected.
Wiring Harness Overview
Created: May 24, 2013
Information and Overview of the Mini Cooper Wire harness
HOW TO CONVERT FROM GENERATOR TO ALTERNATOR
Created: September 16, 2005
Minis built up to 1969 (i.e. MKI  &  MKII) were positive ground while MKIII and onwards were built negative ground. The polarity of the alternator can not be changed, so if the alternator you have does not conform to your car, you must change your car. 
Classic Mini & Cooper Wiring Diagrams On-Line
Created: February 19, 2002
Wiring diagrams for a variety of Minis and Mokes are now available from our huge Technical Information archives!
How to change battery polarity
Created: January 29, 2000
When fitting a new or rebuilt generator to your Mini, certain instructions will usually be found with it. These instructions advise the course of action to polarize the unit and are the same instructions for changing the cars electrical system from positive to negative earth or vice-versa.
Why Spark Plugs are So Important To Your MINI
Created: October 24, 2019
If you haven't replaced your old spark plugs with new ones, this Fall season of 2019 is the perfect time to get spark plugs for your Mini Cooper. These will guarantee improved performance and ensure optimal maintenance on your Mini. Get spark plugs before the Winter season of 2019 begins!
FAQ on the Pertronix Ignition Application
Created: February 01, 2006
Frequently Asked Questions about the use of the Pertronix Ignitor systems. The best information available from the experts at Minimania.com
Ignition Tune-Up Kits- classic Mini
Created: March 16, 2005
This visual guide will assist you in finding the right tune up kit for your Classic Mini!
Created: November 23, 2004
IGNITION - Possible pre-ignition/pinking cause Something that came to light during a conversation with a colleague and friend may be worth passing along! It's one of those things that, once ingested, lurks in the dark corners of the mind until a pertinent situation comes along.
Ignition - Ballast Resisted Systems
Created: April 11, 2003
I'd like a pound coin for every time I've been asked about what these are all about and why they are used. Folk seem to hold them in some kind of awe - but they are very simple.
IGNITION - Establishing a TDC reference point
Created: September 26, 2000
Establishing an accurate TDC reference point is of paramount importance when developing and monitoring ignition timing (and cam timing come to that). When an experienced engine builder assembles an engine - no matter whether for road or race - he will establish an accurate TDC indicator that can be used for ignition purposes.