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Brat Distributor and connections

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#1 Kenichi



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Posted 10 June 2014 - 08:26 AM

Kenichi here with a head scratcher about the '78 Pink Brat my daughter inherited from her grandfather.  I was told that this Brat had a starter problem and that it needed some expensive part to get it running.  On closer inspection, it appears that the problem might have something to do with the distributor and wire connections.  Here's what I observe:  a pink and white wire coming from the distributor.  It appears that there needs to be a connector that this will plug into the main harness by the coil, but there is no such thing and it was all disconnected.  My mechanic friend that is helping me thought that it might be the wrong distributor.  Seems unlikely.  Does anyone have a clue what might be missing and/or where I might find such an item,  or perhaps have some advice to solve this in some creative way?  

This old Brat is in very good condition.  A little paint oxidation but very straight interior and exterior. I just towed it from Yuma, Arizona (where it had been stored for almost 20 years) to my place near San Diego. I have put some new tires on it so I wouldn't have any problems towing it and don't want to put any more money into it until I can figure out this electrical puzzle.  If anyone can offer some of your wisdom and know-how I'd be much obliged.  And my daughter will as well.  Thanks!

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 05:44 PM

Sounds like the ignition module might be missing.



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 07:54 PM

Many thanks Naru.  You were a great help.  I have ordered the ICM and will let you know how it goes.  I really appreciate your help.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:11 PM

There are two ignition modules for the electronic cars: Hitachi was on the automatics, and Nippon Denso for the manuals. The modules are different, and the Denso one is inside the distributor. They have different distributor caps so its not really possible to mistake them. The Hitachi only has the magnetic VR sensor in it with a long cable ending in a T shaped connector and goes to the module via cable running back along the firewall, the Denso has ring terminals on a short cable and has its ignitor module inside the distributor itself.

Edited by djcommie, 20 June 2014 - 02:12 PM.

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