Approval Details

Valid E.O.


This Executive Order approved the specified parts on on June 30, 1978.
As of Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 this Executive Order has not been overturned or superceeded.

Approved Parts

Part NumberModels
7041, RL7041, 158851968-1977 Datsun 4 cylinder, EXCEPT: (1) B-210 models (2) Vehicles with dual point distributor

This Executive Order may be listed as:
  • C.A.R.B.E.O. D-54-9
  • Executive Order 54-9 / D54-9
  • ARB # D-54-9
  • Executive Order No: D-54-9
  • C.A.R.B. No. D-54-9
  • Resolution D-54-9
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Download: Executive Order D-54-9 PDF

D-54-9 Document:

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                            State of Californié
                            AIR RESQURCES BOARD

                        EXECUTIVE ORDER D—54—9
              Relating to Exemptions under Section 27156
                            of the Vehicle Code


Pursuant to the authority vested in the Air Resources Board by Section
27156 of the Vehicle Code; and

Pursuant to the authority vested in the undersigned by Section 39515 of
the Health and Safety Code and Executive Order G—30A;

IT IS ORDERED AND RESOLVED: That the installation of the "B.I.D" breaker—
Tess inductive ignition system manufactured by the Prestolite Electrical
Diviston, 511 Hamitton Street, Toledo, Ohio 43694, and marketed as
indicated herein has been found to not reduce the effectiveness of
required motor vehicle poliution control devices and, therefore, is
exempt from the prohibitions of Section 27156 of the Vehicle Code for
installation on 1968—1977 Datsun 4 cylinder vehicles except the model
B—210 series and those equipped with dual point distributors.

This ignition system consists of an electronic pack, trigger wheel and
pick up assembly. The following is a list of companies marketing this
device.                                      .

          Company                    Kit Number

         Prestolite IDL—5025B        7041
          Rite—Line                  RL7O41
          Montgomery Ward            15885

This Executive Order is valid provided that installation instructions
for this device will not recommend tuning the vehicle to specifications
different from those listed by the vehicle manufacturer.

Changes made to the design or operating conditions of the device, as
exempted by the Air Resources Board, that adversely affect the per—
formance of a vehicle‘s poilution control system shall invalidate
this Executive Order.

"B.1.D". BREAKERLESS INDUCTIVE IGNITION SYSTEM                    (Page 2 of 2)

Marketing of this device using an identification other than that shown
in this Executive Order or marketing of this device for an application
other than those Tisted in this Executive Order shall be prohibited unless
prior approval is obtained from the Air Resources Board.

This Executive Order does not constitute any opinion as to the effect
that the use of this device may have on any warranty either expressed or
implied by the vehicle manufacturer.


No claim of any kind, such as "Approved by Air Resources Board" may be made
with respect to the action taken herein in any advertising or other oral
or written communication.

Section 17500 of the Business and Professions Code makes untrue or mis—
leading advertising unlawful, and—Section 17534 makes violation punishable
as a misdemeanor.

Section 43644 of the Health and Safety Code prévides as follows:

     "43644.   ({a) No person shall install, sell, offer for sale, or
     advertise, or, except in an application to the state board for
     certification of a device, represent, any device as a motor vehicle
     pollution control device for use on any used motor vehicle unless
     that device has been certified by the state board. No person shall
     sell, offer for sale, advertise, or represent any motor vehicle
     pollution control device as a certified device which, in fact, is
     not a certified device. Any violation of this subdivision is a

Any apparent violation of the conditions of this Executive Order will be
submitted to the Attorney General of California for such action as he
deems advisable.

Executed at Sacramento, California, this          ifi}l; \day of        , 1978.

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                                   Thomas C. Austin
                                    Deputy Executive Officer

                                                                     ¥. 0. pocor—

Mr.   W.   L.    Schull
Prestolite Electrical Division
511 Hamilton St.
Toledo,     Ohio     43694

Dear Mr.        Schull:

                 This is in response to your request for an exemption
from the prohibitions of Section 27156 of the California
Motor Vehicle Code for the Prestolite "B.I.D." breakerless
inductive ignition system to be used on 1968—1977 4 cylinder
Datsun vehicles.

                 Our evaluation,   documented in the enclosed staff
report, indicates that the installation of the "B.I.D."
retrofit kit would not cause any adverse effects on the
ignition system.          We understand that, in accordance with
your letter of June, 13, 1978, all claims concerning improved
performance, increased spark plug life and more mileage will
be deleted from your future advertisement.

                 Enclosed you will find Executive Order D—54—9
exempting the Prestolite "B.I.D." from the prohibitions of
Section 27156 of the Motor Vehicle Code for use on all 1968—
1977 4 cylinder Datsun vehicles except the model B—210
series and those equipped with dual point distributors.

                 Should you have any questions regarding this
matter,     please contact Mr.     N.   Kayne,   Manager,    Aftermarket
Parts and Modifications Evaluation Section at                (213)   575—


                                         oniorkt souafp aY

                                        Thomas C. Austin
                                        Deputy Executive Officer


                           State of California
                           AIR RESOURCES BOARD

                                May 11. 1978
                                Staff Report

        (Addendum to Staff Report dated August 1, 1977)
       Evaluation of the Prestolite Electrical Division
        "B.1.D." Breakerless Inductive Ignition System
         in Accordance with the Provisions of Section
    2222, Title 13 of the California Administrative Code

Introduction                .

Prestolite Electrical Divisfon, 511 Hamilton Street, Toledo, Ohfo

43695, was issued Executive Orders D—54 through D—54—8.             These

‘Executive Orders exempted certain vehicles from the prohibitions

‘of Vehicle Code Section 27156 for the PrestolTite "B.1.D0." Breaker—

Tess Inductive Ignition System, which is also known by other brand

names described in the aforementioned Executive Orders..            These

were for particular 1976 and older model year vehicles equipped

with a standard Kettering ignition system using device part numbers

specifically listed in these Executive Orders.             Prestolite is

applying for an exemption to VC 27156 for their inductive ignition

system installations on 1968—1977 Datsun 4 cylinder vehicles except

the model B—210 series and those equipped with dual points.                These
kits are to be sold under the following brand names.

           Company                               Kit Number

          Montgomery Ward                        15885

           Rite—Line   °                         RL 7041

           Prestolite IDL—50258B          ,         7041

II.   System Description

      The "B.1.D." is a breakerless, retrofit ignition system utilizing

      a resonant magnetic pick—up coil and a metallic plated "toothed"

      trigger wheel   (reluctor) which is mounted concentric to the

      distributor shaft.     The reluctor reduces the magnetic field

      strength in the pfck-up coil intermittently when each tooth

      passes the coil.     This voltage reduction triggers a change in a

      unistaBTe switch which controls a power switching transistor.

      This power switching transistor controls current flow to the

      primary of the ignition coil.

III. System Evaluation

      Manufacturer‘s Test Data
      The applicant submitted ignition timing data and electrical

      characteristics for the Datsun 4 cylinder engine (Appendix 1)

      in accordance with the ARB "Criteria for Evaluation of Add—On

      and Modified Parts" adopted November 4, 1977.

      A summary of the applicant‘s test results are as follows:

      A.   ‘Spark Advance in Crankshaft Degrees from TDC

           Vacuum {in Hg)         Baseline       Device
                                   w N O LOOO


                                                  «s _a
                                   w—a w

Peak Coil Induced Primary Voltage, Vpeak

Engine RPM          Baseline          Device

   375                  290            340

   600                  260            340

  4000                  210            310

Available Secondary Voltage {with load) KV

Engine RPM          Baseline          Device
   375                   33                31

   600                   29                28

  4000                   24                23

Available Secondary Voltage (simulated fouled spark plug) KV

Engine RPM          Baseline               Device,
   375                   20                     19

   600                   17                     16

  4000                   14                     13

Available Voltage Rise Time, uSec.

Engine RPM          BaselTine         Device

  375                   100            110

  600                   100            110

 4000                   100            110

Spark Duration, uSec.

Engine RPM          Baseline          Device

   375                  2800           2400

   600                  2500           2400

  4000                  1700           1400

      G.   Average Spark Current,‘ milliamps.

           Engine RPM          Baseline          Device
              375                16.0              26.0

              600                18.0              17.5

             4000                13.0              20.0

      H.   Average Spark Voltage — volts

           Engine RPM           Baseline          Device

              375                 540              530

              600                 520              500

             4000                 560              560

      I.   Spark Energy, millijoules

           Engine RPM           Baseline          Device

              375                 24.2             33.1

              600                ©23.4             21.0

            «4000                 12.4             15.7

IV.   Discussion of the Applicant‘s Data
      The installation of the Prestolite "B .1.D." retrofit kit indicates

      a 33% increase in the induced primary voltage (fiyback voltage)

      over the baseline.   This increase can delay the collapse of the

      magnetic flux field within the primary windings of the coil.    The

      delay can be measured in terms of the available voltage rise time,

      and is directly attributable to the decrease in the available

      secondary voltage.   Decreasing the available secondary voltage by 4

      to 6 percent should not cause any adverse effects on the emission

      characteristics of the Datsun vehicle. '

The instantaneous current flowing throuéh the spark gap, from the

secondary winding of the coil increases by 53% during cruise

conditions (see IIIG).    This increase is due primarily to the

increase in the flyback voltage of the primary circuit within the

ignition coil.   By increasing the fiyback voltage in the primary,

the oscillating current within the secondary circuit is increased

by a similar amount.     The increase in secondary current increased

the spark energy which is beneficial to the ingnition system for
these low output Datsun ignition systems.

Comparison of these results with models tested in the past, indicated
consistent data correlation for all previously approvea modeis.        For

this reason, there was no confirmatory testing conducted by the ARB

laboratory on this device.

Applicant‘s Claims

The applicant submitted a letter dated June 13, 1978 (attached) in

which he stated that he will not make the following claims in his

future advertising:

     1.   Improved performance at all speeds.

     2.   More mileage in the aftermarket.

     3.   Increased spark plug life.

VI.   Conclusion and Recommendation
      Based on the data submitted by the applicant, the staff concludes

      that the device will have no adverse effects on the ignition

      system of the 1968 through 1977 Datsun 4 cylinder vehicle engines,

      except for the mode1-B-21O seriés and those equipped with dual

      point distributors.   The staff is therefore of the opinion that the

      installation of this device will not increase the exhaust emfssions
      from these engines.

      The staff therefore recommends the approval of Executive Order D—54—9.

Document Created: 2005-09-01 12:45:17
Document Modified: 2005-09-01 12:45:17

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