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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 04, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 396 in my '69 Camaro and it runs even though I don't have spark at the #1 cylinder. Any ideas on what might be the issue?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 04, 10:25 PM
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You checked with another wire? If so and still no spark I'd be looking at the dist cap to see if the contact inside is missing or burnt.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 04, 06:21 PM
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There are only three things that could cause this: bad cap, bad wire, or bad plug.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 04, 06:55 PM
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a bad/flat lobe on the distributor shaft if it's a point's type ignition system could cause no spark at just one cylinder, also worn dist. shaft bushings would allow the shaft to push away instead of open the points.

grab the rotor and wiggle it side to side in all directions, any wiggle at all is probably too much.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 04, 07:37 PM
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Measure the resistance of each one of your wires using a digital ohm meter. The resistance will be in units of ohms per foot, so the longest wire will have the highest resistance. You can get all sorts of wire resistances from a few ohms to 4000 Ohms. But if you have an open wire, it will probably read much higher if at all.

You might want to poke at the wires with a stick before starting though (engine running). The problem may be sensitive to position. If so, you'll grab it, measure it and think its a good wire until it's back in position.

There are some pretty cruddy wires on the shelf these days. The cut to length wires can be especially bad. Many have a conductive plastic strip down the middle. Looks like a strip of trash bag. Just a few hours and the plastic strip will melt away from the terminal and create heat, which melts the plastic further, until it doesn't work anymore.

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