Crank Trigger Ign


Crank Triggered Direct Fire Electronic Ignition 

This project accomplished in 2006 is to update a Studebaker V8 engine by installing a crank triggered direct fire electronic ignition system.


bulletTo provide complete timing adjustment from the drivers seat while on the go.

·        To eliminate the inherent faults of the breaker point type of ignition. Such as: 

  1. Weaker spark as speed increases. 
  2. “sloppy” spark timing.
  3. Continuous repairs and parts replacement.

The project car is running and has completed in excess of 7000 miles of highway use since in the past 4 months with roundtrips to Salt Lake City for the Pacific Zone Meet and to Omaha NE for the International meet.  After some timing adjustments gas mileage has improved and engine smoothness is noticeable Particularly at top end.

The system was designed for aircraft applications and has been approved by the FAA for the same.  It is primarily a bolt on kit for many automotive applications but does require some machine work to several engine components to be fitted onto the Studebaker V8.  This kit is not to be confused with the simple triggering mechanisms sold for inside the distributor.  Those, although they do work satisfactorily for their design intent, are not the same level of technology as found in this kit.  For a technical overview go to on the web.    

This is a custom installation at this time although I do hope to make it a user-installed kit in the future. Besides the hardware I purchase from Electromotive, I fabricated 6 parts for the installation.    Price installed is $1795.00 effective 11/2006.

Photos follow:

The photos were taken during the development and installation.  Development photos while on the engine build stand and then photos from installation in my ’63 Cruiser.

This photo shows the top view of the installation.  Note also the aluminum fan shroud.

This view shows the air gap underneath the coil packs mounted on the rocker covers. The aluminum mounting plates are fabricated for this application.  The rocker covers must be drilled for mount holes.

This and below are views of the sensor mount brackets and the sensor.  The left most part is the stand that is bolted rigidly onto the right front motor mount tabs on the block, it’s made of steel.  Then there’s an extension arm that reaches downward to position the sensor below the lower radiator hose it’s made of steel.  At the lower end of the extension is the clamp bracket that clamps the sensor in a machined pocket designed to hold firmly but to not crush the sensor, it’s made of aluminum.  The extension and the clamp bracket both provide adjustability to allow correct positioning of the sensor in proximity to the notch wheel.  These are good views of the notch wheel that I fabricate from your original vibration dampener.  NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE Avanti dampener.


Another top view.


The notch wheel as seen from the drivers side

Notch wheel and sensor brackets ready for installation in the vehicle


Description   Price
Complete System including installation   $1795.00


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