Eaton Detroit Spring: Leaf and coil

Eaton Detroit Spring: Leaf and coil

By Martha Maglone: This summer marks the 80th anniversary of the advent of the Eaton Detroit Spring company. Founded during the Great Depression, the company is one of the most successful in the manufacture of leaf and coil springs and related attaching parts for the auto restoration and street rod markets. “The firm was first started by my grandparents, Frank and Grace” says current President, Mike Eaton. An aftermarket division of Detroit Steel Products, the Eatons originally purchased the company for $11,000. It was a perilous time; the country’s economy was stalled and prospects uncertain. Yet it thrived and a few years later, when the original lease expired, production was moved to the corner of Michigan and Trumbull—across from the former home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team. The firm still operates from this location today, manufacturing springs and components for the classic vehicles it watched debut and mature over the decades. Significantly, Eaton Detroit Spring possesses over 24,000 OEM spring blueprints for more than 166,000 vehicle applications, covering fitment for nearly every classic, muscle car or hot rod application that comes its way. “Our blueprints give us a substantial edge in leaf spring design and manufacture over our rivals,” claims Eaton. “If you provide us accurate information and install the springs correctly, the likelihood of a problem arising is remote.” Eaton’s passion is springs and, helpfully, they’ve combined it with access to an expert design staff. Dedicated to custom applications, they are willing to assist in all spring-related inquiries.  Mike Eaton again, “Others may sell springs, we make them. That’s our specialty—just as it’s been for the past 80...
Ignition for Beginners

Ignition for Beginners

There are two common types of ignition systems: capacitive and inductive. The coil is supplied power by one or the other. Inductive, which is still the most common and employed on most road-going passenger cars, charges the coil with 14.6 volts and discharges between 200-300 volts into the coil’s secondary windings. Read the complete story courtesy of Drag Racer...
Ignition for beginners

Ignition for beginners

Extracts from Drag Racer magazine, September issue: By Ben Mozart:    Early in 2017, a new capacitive discharge (CD) ignition system emerged. An innovative philosophy derived from new software—”a proprietary algorithm” as it’s known in engineering jargon, it promises substantially more than previously available. Designed to operate with a single-coil distributed spark, which includes most carbureted drag racing applications, it’s reputed to be smaller in size than any CD device with similar features. Of greater significance, it is more energy-dense, maintaining multiple spark activity from idle to 7,000rpm as well as generating greater sparking power. There are two common types of ignition systems: capacitive and inductive. The coil is supplied power by one or the other. Inductive, which is still the most common and employed on most road-going passenger cars, charges the coil with 14.6 volts and discharges between 200-300 volts into the coil’s secondary windings. Inductive systems are any of those ignition systems that do not have a capacitor energizing the coil. Inductive systems have power applied to the coil for a period of time but their electro-magnetic principals are the limiting factors as to how quickly the coil charges and how much energy it discharges. Properly seen, the standard inductive ignition system is designed to start vehicles in all climatic conditions, including those operating in temperatures of 20 degrees F. below zero rather than supporting vehicles with high compression ratios or high horsepower or high rpm. Capacitive ignition systems on the other hand are developed for high performance and racing vehicles, which operate at high RPM and generate higher cylinder pressures. Higher cylinder pressures mean the spark...
How to avoid your next traffic ticket

How to avoid your next traffic ticket

By Martha Maglone – A recent article from Your Mechanic asks: Does the type of car you drive make a difference to the amount of tickets it might receive? The most ticketed luxury car is the Lexus ES 300 and the least ticketed compact car the Honda Civic. In 2016, Insurance.com released a study ranking car models with the highest number of speeding tickets and traffic violations. Data derived from over 323,000 offenses, revealed the Lexus ES 300 and the Nissan 350Z were the highest ticketed cars, with about one-third of drivers caught violating traffic laws particularly those involving speeding. But does the category of vehicle make a difference in the amount of tickets it received? When classified by luxury cars, mid-sized, compact, sports cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and subcompact cars, it revealed some interesting findings, not least the types of drivers typically receiving the most, and least tickets. It’s important to note that traffic violations can differ from state to state, but some of the most common include running a red light, driving at night without headlights, illegal turns, illegal parking, or running a stop sign. Speeding laws also fluctuate based on the State and road conditions. This article gives data on ten categories of cars. Read...
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