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Worked on Dad's 2N today ---again

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09-21-2013 20:17:59

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Last weekend My Dad had put points in his 2N-he"s 81 y/o-took him a long time but he got it done and done right..Had a miss so I swapped #3 and #4 and it ran smooth like it always has..this past week he decided he"d put new plug wires on it and it has a dead miss when and if it cranks..I checked and all were in their correct place on the dist.cap..new plugs had some oily like gunk on them--cleaned them n gas and blew out with compressed air--checked continuity through all plug wires-all ok..checked voltage at top of coil-nearly six with points open and half that closed----took ld plug cleaned it good gapped it 1/4" ..spark jumps it but looks more yellow than it should--ends on wires where he had to put them on looked good..Sooo I guess he will be going back through the distributor--this old junk can be so aggravating..Points might have slipped(although he usually overtightens everything..told him to check all connection points like end of condenser and wire bail that holds points plate down to be sure no contact somewhere it don"t need to be,.,new plugs but had some stuff on them-cleaned best I could but guess i need to take my propane torch and cook them a little to clean em good...I warned him and he said he did not get the cheap points with plastic rub block--he also said he didn"t put any rub block lube,,,it hits but won"t start.I hate fooling with plug wires in those tubes.mine just has the short front piece---anyway I really think it is fire/spark problem..Any thoughts// Thanks

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09-21-2013 21:05:23

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 Re: Worked on Dad's 2N today ---again in reply to TOM N MS, 09-21-2013 20:17:59  
If all he changed was the wires, I'd put the old ones back on and try it.

Are the new wires the correct wire core type as opposed to the automotive type?

The auto type shouldn't keep it from running at all, but still.

"this old junk can be so aggravating."

Yeah, that new stuff with the computers to tell you what's wrong is much easier. ;)

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09-22-2013 05:46:59

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 Re: Worked on Dad's 2N today ---again in reply to Royse, 09-21-2013 21:05:23  
Yea, just before I left yesterday I told him he should try the old wires back on it.I think he got the wires at a so-called tractor place BUT they are the same ones who told him that the points set on .022--I think he said that the wires said copper core tin coated..Place has been there for years
but I try to stay away from them.

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