Thanks to mod­ern tech, the fears as­so­ci­ated with old cars can be ban­ished, and one of the best sys­tems you can fit is man­aged ig­ni­tion. Northamp­ton Mo­tor­sport guided us through what’s in­volved.

Classic Ford - - CFTECH - Words and Pho­tos Jon Hill

Coast­ing to the side of the road be­cause your con­denser and points have given up (again), is so last cen­tury. And maybe elec­tronic ig­ni­tion — the won­der-so­lu­tion to rev­o­lu­tionise mo­tor­ing — sort of solved this, but the truth is we were still forced to be slaves to me­chan­i­cal grem­lins.

Long ago, our twin 40 DCOE-equipped Project Mk2 Cortina taught us that mapped ig­ni­tion was the way to go. More than once we reached for the keys think­ing the en­gine had cut out, while sit­ting in traf­fic, only to find it hadn’t, it was sim­ply cop­ing ef­fort­lessly with what it was sup­posed to do — pro­vide an ig­ni­tion set­ting for vir­tu­ally ev­ery sce­nario the twin carbs wanted. Gone was the cough­ing and splut­ter­ing and in its place, in­stant power and pick-up, mak­ing driv­ing a clas­sic Ford a joy rather than an un­cer­tainty.

And it’s not dif­fi­cult to fit ei­ther — Northamp­ton Mo­tor­sport (NMS) guides us through the pre­dom­i­nantly Omex 200-based ig­ni­tion-only ECU sys­tem, telling us what’s in­volved in fit­ting and the op­tions you have. They were quick to point out that other sys­tems are avail­able but they also ex­plained their Omex pref­er­ence, be­cause it’s easy to map and the sup­port is ex­cel­lent. Here’s what you need to know.

Northamp­ton Mo­tor­sport

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