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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 09, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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No spark...Need help

I'm trying to get a 60's era Chevy straight 6 started. The wiring in the car was a mess, so I set up a remote. Car turns over fine, but I can't get a spark. I tested all of my wiring with a light and it checks out ok. Checked the wire from (-) side of coil and that's ok. Checked wires at points and condenser and they are getting power also. If everything up to the disributor is getting power, then why am I getting no spark to plugs? Cap and rotor look fine. Any suggestions what to try next/ Thanks
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... Checked the wire from (-) side of coil and that's ok. Checked wires at points and condenser and they are getting power also... Any suggestions what to try next/ Thanks

Hummmm - they shouldn't have power... they are the ground for the coil.
The "+" side of the coil should have power with ignition switch 'On'.
The "-" side should run from the coil to the distributor.

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Re: No spark...Need help

Has it been sitting for awhile? If so you might wanna run a small flat file or piece of emery paper through the points to make sure they are actually closing. It's worked more than once for me when everything else was fine.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 09, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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I did clean the points, but will clean them again and see what happens.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 09, 04:33 PM
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Make sure the points are closing. If they aren't gapped properly and don't close, you'll get no spark and will see voltage on the black wire always. (Kind of like clapping your hands without letting them touch). You can put a test lamp on the breaker point wire and crank it over - should see the lamp flash as the points open and close. Keep your digital volt meter away from it though.

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Re: No spark...Need help

I had my motor shut off on me driving home from the track one Friday night on some dark (no street lights) back road
Lucky for me I had my cell phone
Crank,crank,crank.... nothing. Spun like it was out of gas 1/2 a tank.
Went through all kinds of "what if's" looking for the issue... Did I mention all the car lights worked and it was now near Midnight ?

Found I had no spark.... BAD GROUND on the motor
Might want to start there ?

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