Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Central California, USA
If you have a dwell meter, connect it and pull the coil wire and crank it while watching the meter. If no reading turn the points adjuster allen screw in a turn, or out a turn until you get a reading. set at 30 degrees and plug in the coil wire and start it.
It's best to re set dwell when the engine is running, sometimes the reading changes from the cranking reading.
A good way to test for point operation is to connect a 12v test light from ground to the coil - terminal. Then crank the engine and the light should blink on and off. If it stays on you have too much point gap, if it stays off, you have too little point gap or no juice to the coil, or a short in the distributor or condenser.
When the points are closed, the voltage would rather go to ground than thru the test light as the bulb has more resistance.
Make shure you got the indexing pin of the point set into the locating hole in the distributor. I've seen where they missed the hole and cranked down on the screws and bent the points. It can be set but will quickly wear the rubbing block as it is not flat on the cam lobes and the dwell will change and fry the points.
Also make shure where you connect the wires and condensor to the points that there is no grounding.
Good luck, David
The older I get, the faster I was!