"Well, you can go dig those condensers out of the trash for sure as you did not "burn them up" & probably the points, too, as a short in the distributor feed through would have prevented the points from ever switching any load current."
Please explain further, JMOR.
Are you saying, in effect, that the current would have stopped at the point of the short thus nothing downstream of that point would have been damaged? Hmmm? Plugs don't spark with such a short, thus no current to plugs. Hmm? Makes sense if I'm understanding you correctly.
Not sure that I want to mess with a currently operating system to see if they work; but may dig 'em out and put a question mark on the package???