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Project by KnotWright posted 02-01-2010 12:51 AM 1848 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned to build some replacement points boxes for a Ford Model A. So first up, build a box joint jig. I’d seen many of them, and a few were more complicated than I had time to figure out, so I opted for a simple one that allows for some adjustment to keep things “just right”.

The boxes are made from pine, and are 5” tall, by 3 1/8” wide and 2 1/4” deep. Inside these boxes there will be a coil, and outside will be the points. One box per cylinder.

We made up two prototypes and these 10 are the result, going out this week to get installed in time for the Spring driving season.

This just goes to show, you NEVER know what your next project might be.

-- James

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#1 posted 02-01-2010 02:54 AM

Pretty neat, however to be honest, I’ve never heard of a “points box”. What does it do exactly?

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#2 posted 02-01-2010 02:59 AM

WOW that is pretty cool I never knew I had understood that ford made there first cars mostly out of wood thus the kingsford angle but that seems like it wouldnt be that safe, dry wood heat electricity tell us how it works?


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#3 posted 02-01-2010 03:00 AM

On this model Ford the points were separate from the distributor, you had one coil for each cylinder.

Here’s a drawing, I hope the link works.

-- James

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#4 posted 02-01-2010 03:10 AM

nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 02-01-2010 04:52 AM

Looks good James but these were used on Model “T” Fords

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 02-01-2010 05:37 AM

Jim, I just build what the man tells me :-) I do think they are going in Model “T”s but I haven’t been out to the farm to see the vehicles yet. He’s trying to get a few ready for this spring’s road trip up north somewhere.

As for how well they work, I suppose they work pretty well, after all they’ve been around a long time. I did find they are making them from plastic as replacements. I too wondered how they’d work, since the wood tends to absorb moisture.

The gentleman that I’m building them for will seal them with something prior to installing the coils and such, so I think they’ll do fine. He’s a purist, so he wanted his from wood.

-- James

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#7 posted 02-01-2010 06:13 AM

I restored cars for a number of years James so I’m sure there a model “T” part it’s not a big deal. Looks like you did a great job. I like the sled you made for the box joints.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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