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    Default 8n starting problems

    I have an early 1950 front mount distributor that will not start it run great last week but not a kick now fire at the plugs and it seems to be getting gas even tried a little spray of guick start but no life any ideas?

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    Default Re: 8n starting problems

    I'd check the points, clean if burnt. Check and clean the inside of the dist cap. Check for spark from the coil to the dist cap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebrafive View Post
    . Check for spark from the coil to the dist cap.
    and how would you (he) do that?
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    Default Re: 8n starting problems

    to the op. Instead of the wild goose chase.

    hotwire the coil.. see if that changes anything.

    if no spark still. put a test lamp in line with coil and battery.. crank over. lamp should blink.

    if no lamp.. points are not closing ( gap wide? burnt? etc.. - if burnt.. check condensor with ohm meter to verify it is not open.. )

    if lamp stays on, points are shorted ( closed up, shorted condensor..e tc. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    to the op. Instead of the wild goose chase.

    hotwire the coil.. see if that changes anything.

    if no spark still. put a test lamp in line with coil and battery.. crank over. lamp should blink.

    if no lamp.. points are not closing ( gap wide? burnt? etc.. - if burnt.. check condensor with hm meter to verify it is not open.. )

    if lamp stays on, points are shorted ( closed up, shorted condensor..e tc. )

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    Took the weekend off will try the test tomorrow .I do have fire at the plugs but it is white not a good blue.

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    white and blue are good. orange and red are weak.
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    Default Re: 8n starting problems

    Should I still test the coil when I have good fire at plugs

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    Default Re: 8n starting problems

    if you have good snappy white / blue spark at all plugs that will jump a max gap.. then start looking at fuel delivery, air flow and compression. won't hurt to check timing by book with a straight edge, just because.
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    Default Re: 8n starting problems

    Will do hope to start this pm .will keep you posted tks

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    good luck , post back
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