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new thread - stumped

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Posted by award on July 22, 2013 at 12:24:00 from (

Ok, so I went to the local ford repair place and brought my distributor in thinking the bushings were worn. They checked them and compared to known good ones they had (distributors). Mine checked good (same minor movement as their spares).

SO he opened the gap of the points a little...reassembled...and put mine in a vise. Then he hooked up a battery pack to the vise and to the coil and rotated the shaft. He had a wire and plug hooked to the cap also. She sparked white every time.

I bring it home and install. I took a boot off of the engine plug...installed another plug in that boot and grounded it on the plug in the motor. Key on and starter button pushed resulted in no spark.

I checked power at the coil top - good. I put a light on the coil top and cranked with the key on. Bright light then low. This repeated so the points/condenser/ground all should be good.

I am simply not getting spark out of the plug wires at the cap OR all of the 6 year old plug wires are bad. I also tried to get #1 to fire with a spare plug and it wouldn't. So that would be #1 and #2 not firing.

I don't know if they are copper core wires or not but why in the world would I lose all spark at once?

I also tried a spare cap/rotor(new) that he sent along with no change.

Everything is tight, wires on cap are snapped tight, cap is tight on distributor. What gives? Wires?

Can I put a meter on them cap plugs where the wires come out and check that to isolate the wires?


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