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Old 09-02-2008, 03:11 PM   #1
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Default Vintage Sun Testing Equipment

I spent my entire weekend driving all over "God's Creation" to pick up these two pieces.

1) 1948 Sun Master Distributor Tester / with vac pump that still work (see pic of 1950 advertisement). It needs a good cleaning and a new power cord, but is in real good shape on the inside. The cabinet will get a once over with spot remover, and then rubbing and polishing compound, but that's it.

The really "cool" part is that it has American car manufacturer's distributor specs up to 1950 on a Rolodex built into the Sun trademark sign on top of the machine -- see the pic. I love that part.

2) Early 60's (I think) Sun 1120 Electronic Engine Tester. The scope, gauges and all the lights still work. Love that old garage look.


The reaosn for my post is that I'm hoping someone has a manual for the Sun 1120. It came with a faded partial copy of the manual but I'd like to get a good copy. Also, if anyone has a line on accessories please keep me in mind. The original timing light is gone, so I'm hoping that one of you guys might have a lead on some of the accessories.

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Old 09-02-2008, 04:05 PM   #2
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exactly what does the electronic engine tester test?
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:12 PM   #3
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I'm not sure how all that stuff works, but that is the coolest thing I've seen in a while. Congrats on finding them in such good condition.
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:13 PM   #4
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exactly what does the electronic engine tester test?
it's an ignition scope along with a tach, dwell, vacuum guage, etc.

and very cool too........i saw one a couple of years ago for $50 and wanted it but i don't have room for a conversation piece that big!
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:14 PM   #5
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but it doesn't "power up the laser..."

bit of a let down
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:36 PM   #6
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but it doesn't "power up the laser..."

bit of a let down
Nor will it set itself to screen saver #5... but it is way cool if you have the room to spare.
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:36 PM   #7
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but it doesn't "power up the laser..."

bit of a let down
ahh -- What?

not sure what you're asking. The reason for buying it was simple; it's vintage American equipment made by a manufacturer that understood better than anyone the concepts of quality and design.

I work on old cars and in that environment this equipment can still function and perform as originally intended. Plus it just looks damn good!

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Old 09-02-2008, 05:20 PM   #8
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I have some of the panels that fit that style tester (vacuum stuff mostly) and I might have a timing gun. I'll get a picture tomorrow and post it.
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ahh -- What?

not sure what you're asking. The reason for buying it was simple; it's vintage American made equipment made by a manufacturer that understood better than anyone, the concepts of quality and design.

I work on old cars and in that environment this equipment can still function and perform as originally intended. Plus it just looks damn good!

I'm with you Goodfollow. I have a VAT 20 and a Snap-on MT-540 that I use all the time. For folks that like old cars, these things work just like they did in the 50's, 60's and 70's. It's fun to enter the way back machine and pretend you're one of those ole time crusty machanic guys your dad had a hard time with when he went in for a regularly scheduled oil change and lube. "Whatda mean I need new points, plugs and a condenser??? What's that gonna cost? It was running great yesterday!"

Good finds sir!
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Old 09-03-2008, 11:28 AM   #10
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Thanks "Firetrucks" -- I would appreciate that very much!

"Cruiser808" - I know what you mean -- I have an old VAT 20 as well and use it regularly. Most guys that come over think it's an antique VOM multimeter. The term "carbon pile tester" doesn't even register. Most all my cars still require points, plugs and condenser -- so this equipment will help a lot in maintaining the "fleet".

There's something to be said for "old technology" -- it was functional and cheap.

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Old 09-03-2008, 11:58 AM   #11
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lets see a VAT 20 pic
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Old 09-03-2008, 12:35 PM   #12
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Two awesome machines. Congrats on something i wish i had.
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Old 09-03-2008, 12:38 PM   #13
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Thanks Moose! Even though you're just a youngster, somehow I knew you would get excited about this OLD dirty, rusted and greasy equipment.
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There's something i love about all these old machines. I think it's maybe that people designed and built them. By that, i mean they're made to be functional, but they're also "crafted". Seems to be hard to describe. I'd love to have these in my shop, even if i couldn't use them. All the gauges and dials are perfectly crafted, there's no "mass produced" feel to them.

Very cool.
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Here's what I have for timing guns.
#1 & 2 are labeled Sun
#3 is a mystery, but it was made in Indy. I did not cut the cord off!

If one works for what you want let me know. If you'll cover shipping you can have it.
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#3 is an old Kal-Equip timing light.
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Old 09-03-2008, 03:19 PM   #17
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Here's what I have for timing guns.
#1 & 2 are labeled Sun
#3 is a mystery, but it was made in Indy. I did not cut the cord off!

If one works for what you want let me know. If you'll cover shipping you can have it.
Thanks a lot!! The middle one is about right --judging by the connector. I don't have a manual so part numbers are not available to me.

I'll PM you about the details --

Much obliged -- this makes my day.

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If one works for what you want let me know. If you'll cover shipping you can have it.
That's a right stand up guy type of offer there.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:26 AM   #19
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Thanks to "Firetrucks" generosity for providing me with the timing light. After a month of work; first in cleaning, painting and testing the individual modules, and then stripping and painting the main enclosure, I'm happy to say that this project is finished. It works as new, and looks almost new.

Here are a few pics of the finished product. Time to take a break and get back to working on cars ---
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goodfellow, that is absolutely awesome!! I would love to see that thing in person and in use. I am not old enough to remember seeing those used in shops, so I can only imagine.
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