Page last updated 1 March, 2012
3 Litre V6 Essex
A very simple ignition system is fitted to the M Series TVR's, so there is no reason to ignore it! The main parts are as follows:
Problems mainly arise from neglect, and so the best thing to do is give it a complete once-over NOW to ensure reliability. It is recommended you always carry a spare set of points & condensor, distributor cap & rotor arm, and one long HT lead (i.e. long enough to reach the furthest spark plug from the distributor). Although still available, parts for these engines are becoming scarce, and you never know when you'll need one of these items until it's too late.
A pictorial will follow very soon to show you how and what to check.
popular and time saving items to modify are the points & condensor.
An electronic ignition setup is very simple to fit, improves performance,
removes the need for regular adjustments, and can easily be removed at
the road-side if a fault occurs (which is very rare) to allow the points
& condensor to be refitted temporarily.
There were two makes of Distributor fitted to the V6 Essex Engine - Motorcraft (Ford's own brand), and Bosch. The features of each are shown below:
Distributors are available to suit the performance specification of your
engine - both with & without vacuum advance capsules.
Work will be continuing on this section during march 2012 with electronic Igntion fitting guides.