Project Cappuccino: A Wee Bit O’ PowerPosted on December 15, 2022byDave ZipfThe last step in our quest for power is refurbishing and servicing our ignition system. The Cappuccino uses an electronic advance distributor system. The distributor has a hall effect sensor inside with a magnetic trigger driven by the intake camshaft. This sends a signal to the ECU which can vary the timing curve on the fly. This is similar to how an MSD distributor works. Later Cappuccinos came with coil-on plug ignition. The distributor is one of the few parts on the Cappuccino that’s actually normal sized so it looks massive against the tiny 660cc engine. This also makes it a pain in the ass to remove as two of the mounting bolts are obscured and can only be removed 1/6 of a turn at a time.We are replacing almost everything serviceable in the ignition system including the ignition coil, plugs, plug wires, the distributor cap, and rotor, as well as the internal seals. A freshened ignition system will create a hotter spark and better combustion.The Cappuccino ignition coil is long out of production. We did some digging and figured out that a coil from a later Geo Metro is a direct replacement. Not all year Metros are compatible (early Metros still use the large can style coil). We ordered one for a ‘98 Metro and found it to have identical mounting points, connectors, and resistance. Best of all, these can be had from any auto parts store in the US and are half the price of the used Cappuccino coils you can find online.We were hoping that the cap and rotor from a Metro would also be compatible, but they were not. Instead, we ordered a Cappuccino-specific kit from Japan that included a new cap, rotor, insulator, and o-ring. All of these are NOS Suzuki parts. These parts will allow us to refurbish our distributor to factory fresh condition. One other item to order is the gasket that seals the distributor to the back of the cylinder head. We had to order this separately (and forgot to photograph it).The old cap on the right is filled with deposits from the arcing that occurs when the distributor spins. These deposits add resistance, reducing the power of the spark as the cap ages. Eventually, the deposits will become so bad the arc can no longer jump from cap to rotor and the car will no longer run.RelatedPrevious page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9Next pageRelated TopicsSuzukiCappuccinoHPS HoseSuzuki CappuccinoProject CappuccinoK&NNGKFujitsubo Previous Article Projects300ZXTTNissanModernizing the Nissan 300ZXTT (Z32) Fuel System with Polar Engineering, BDE Engineering and DeatschWerksPosted on December 13, 2022December 19, 2022byMike KojimaView Post Next Article WRX (GD)ProjectsSubaruFixing the GD WRX Fuel System with Radium Engineering and DeatschWerksPosted on December 18, 2022December 20, 2022byMike KojimaView Post 6 commentsThis car is so cool. Thanks for the update.ReplyThank you! I’ve been enjoying learning all about this platform and I’m glad folks enjoy what I’ve put together.ReplyWhat’s the part number for those NGK wires? I haven’t been able to find them anywhere. thx!!ReplyRC-SE43. I actually found them on eBay if you can believe it. Search for EA11R plug wiresReplyAwesome. 3 cyl motors sound a lot like straight 6’s the same way the inline 5s of RS3 and TTRS sound like their 10 cyl big brothers.ReplyDuralast? Yuck. I wouldn’t count on any longevity out of that coil. Parts store brand stuff is awful quality in my experience unless something has recently changed. Looks like NGK and Delphi still supply coils for a 98 Metro for under $50. I’d go with one of those.ReplyLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Your Comment *Name *Email *Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ
This car is so cool. Thanks for the update.
Thank you! I’ve been enjoying learning all about this platform and I’m glad folks enjoy what I’ve put together.
What’s the part number for those NGK wires? I haven’t been able to find them anywhere. thx!!
RC-SE43. I actually found them on eBay if you can believe it. Search for EA11R plug wires
Awesome. 3 cyl motors sound a lot like straight 6’s the same way the inline 5s of RS3 and TTRS sound like their 10 cyl big brothers.
Duralast? Yuck. I wouldn’t count on any longevity out of that coil. Parts store brand stuff is awful quality in my experience unless something has recently changed. Looks like NGK and Delphi still supply coils for a 98 Metro for under $50. I’d go with one of those.