Pinto - motocraft electronic ignition

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Pinto - motocraft electronic ignition

Post by JamesF » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:02 pm

Is this an ECU II? It seems to be the type that does the timing and mixture. Just about to start getting my second Ranger on the road. Charged the battery and the unit appears to be dead. Be grateful for any advice on these units.

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Re: Pinto - motocraft electronic ignition

Post by Simon_Admin » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:13 pm

Hi James,

Is the pipe connected to the carb near the throttle ?

I believe there was rare ECU based ignition that had a map sensor in the ECU which calculated the advance based on engine speed and load rather than using the mechanical / vaccum advance. From memory it was the "ESC" system that was further developed on the CVH & DOHC engines to use coil packs rather than a distributor, but ford being ford they did end up on the Pinto as well.

Have a look at http://nw.rhocar.org/Ford%20ignition%20systems.htm

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Re: Pinto - motocraft electronic ignition

Post by JamesF » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:22 pm

Sorry slightly misled you with a typing error - I didn't mean to type ECU II but meant ESC II. It does timing and mixture but not as much as more modern ECUs do.

The reason for the post is that she seems to have gone dead. The car has had to sit for a year. I'm planning to get on with it now but having cleaned off connections and borrow the good battery off the other ranger it seems the ignition unit has died.

What I am trying to find out is how I can turn her back to old fashioned points based system. It seems I need to get a points dizzy and another carb. From what I can deduce neither of these components can be used.

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Re: Pinto - motocraft electronic ignition

Post by Simon_Admin » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:02 am

You should be able to go backwards as there was no changes to the block.
A trusty DGV/DGAV from either an early Sierra or Cortina / Capri with matching manifold plus the distributor and coil.
If you can find one the ford Inductive ignition system is the best "oem" solution.

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Re: Pinto - motocraft electronic ignition

Post by ABurgess » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:11 am

Hi James.

"Powerspark ignition ltd" now do a distributor that has electronic ignition built in. all you need to do is take out the old dizzy replace it with theirs and run a couple of wires to coil & earth etc. a much simpler way to convert. it would be worth investigating their website to see what's on offer. they are at "www.powerspark.co.uk"

Hope this helps Alan.

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