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Old 10-26-2010, 11:25:33 AM
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I have picked up a tester that is labeled as a King Type T3. I am attaching some pictures of it. It appears to be a coil and condenser tester, but has a connection for a vacuum line and has a vacuum gauge. I don't understand the purpose of the vacuum parts. It has a knob that controls a variable spark gap, a place to connect the primary of a coil, a place to connect the high tension lead and a place to connect a condenser. Does anyone have any info on this tester or maybe some instructions for it? I haven't tried to use it yet as I don't have a 6v battery.
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King was a brand name of test equipment in 1935.
They made SPARK PLUG TESTERS; CONDENSER TESTERS; MOTOR AND IGNITION TESTERS; COMBINATION COIL AND CONDENSER TESTERS; IGNITION COIL TESTERS; ARMATURE TESTERS; IGNITION COIL PREHEATERS USED IN CONNECTION WITH IGNITION COIL TESTERS; SUPPRESSOR TESTERS; GENERATOR, STARTER, CUT-OUT, AND VOLTAGE REGULATOR TEST UNITS; TEST STANDS FOR TESTING AUTOMOBILE ENGINES; VACUUM AND COMPRESSION GAUGES FOR USE IN ENGINE TESTING. http://www.trademarkia.com/king-71362021.html
Very good find.
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Default Re: Help Identify Tester

Never seen a King tester that old nor have any info on it. Maybe someone will have info on it later. Unfortunately can tell you King tester company as we knew them for years shut down and is no more. Another company in California bought them out only to change and keep making the distributor test stands but they seem to have no interest in helping to service the rest of old King testers was my experience talking to them recently. King made all kinds of testers over the years for other companies too having other names on them. It may have more value to a historical collector now than for actual use.

http://www.4king.com/
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I have one just like it my grandfather used many years ago in his service garage, also have its big brother I think is a tad newer, its blue and orange I believe.

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Thanks for the replies and info. Can anyone tell me what the purpose of the vacuum portion was? I could understand if it was for distributor testing, but this instrument seems to be only for testing coils and condensers.
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A vacuum gauge is useful in setting timing and testing the vacuum advance on distributors.
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Default Re: Help Identify Tester

I have a KING tester ser. # 740 110v 60 cy. 6vdc condenser / coil / ignition tester. It works but I would like to find some instructions for it. Any one out their with a copy? Thanks Bill Muska wmuska@sbcglobal.net
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Default Re: Help Identify Tester

I agree that the vacuum is for testing the advance and retard for the distributor.
I have just purchased a coil/condensor tester but it looks nothing like this one does. After a lot of help through this site I did get the answers needed to be able to operate it.
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