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Re: Burning Up Points - Help!
BigHog #1328064 Sun Sep 29 2019 02:49 AM
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I would get rid of the green wire. A "non-functioning" tach may provide an unintentional ground which will shut the engine off. I don't know that it would cause points to erode prematurely, however.
I once had a mysterious lousy ignition issue from a wayward tach wire.
Carl

Re: Burning Up Points - Help!
BigHog #1328224 Mon Sep 30 2019 11:49 AM
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Wrench Fetcher
Well, I knocked the bowl with my screws off the car, and they have gone into a black hole. Got my daughters better set of eyes to help, and she couldn't find them either. Does anyone know where I can purchase the screws for the points?

Re: Burning Up Points - Help!
BigHog #1328236 Mon Sep 30 2019 02:41 PM
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Jack of all Trades, Master of None
I purchased a magnetic tray from HF just so that didn’t happen. I’ve lost many parts down the black hole.
https://www.harborfreight.com/search?q=magnetic%20tray


Phil

1952 Chevrolet 3100
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Re: Burning Up Points - Help!
BigHog #1328237 Mon Sep 30 2019 03:01 PM
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Wrench Fetcher
Thanks, any thought on replacement screws?

Re: Burning Up Points - Help!
BigHog #1328245 Mon Sep 30 2019 03:59 PM
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Shop Shark
I have trouble finding small screws and such when they make it to my shop floor. I made a long wooden handle for a large welding magnet. Pass that over the floor and I usually find what I've dropped.

Rick

Re: Burning Up Points - Help!
BigHog #1328248 Mon Sep 30 2019 04:25 PM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Your local hardware store will have a large bin of sorted machine screws. More than likely you will have to cut and file to get the length you need. Most electric wiring pliers have threaded holes you can use to shear the bolt off close then file to the exact size you need. Maybe someone knows the thread size and pitch and will post them. Good luck.🛠


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
USAF 1965-69 Weather Observation Tech (got paid to look at the clouds)


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Re: Burning Up Points - Help!
BigHog #1328255 Mon Sep 30 2019 04:49 PM
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Even better than your daughter's eyes is to take a flashlight and shine the beam along the floor. That makes those little things like screws and nuts stand out.
I've inherited my dad's packrat gene and have a small parts cabinet full of salvaged screws, nuts, and bolts for the times I can't find what I've dropped, even with the flashlight trick.
I do have to resort to the hardware store on occasion.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
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Re: Burning Up Points - Help!
BigHog #1328263 Mon Sep 30 2019 05:26 PM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Old trick..... get the magnet from an old radio speaker and tie a heavy string around it. Drag it around the floor and see what pops up. 🛠


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
USAF 1965-69 Weather Observation Tech (got paid to look at the clouds)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line"! Hug a cop!

Re: Burning Up Points - Help!
BigHog #1328386 Tue Oct 01 2019 03:04 PM
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Shop Shark
They are a bear sometimes to come by. Everyone seems to have lost them over the years. I will bet half or more of the distributors I have looked at have the wrong screw installed. What Delco Distributor are you using?

Last edited by Dragsix; Tue Oct 01 2019 03:06 PM.

Mike
Re: Burning Up Points - Help!
BigHog #1328403 Tue Oct 01 2019 05:09 PM
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Moderator - The Electrical Bay and Rocky Mountain Bolters
I usually find the missing hardware after I have replaced the "lost" one. As long as your garage floor doesn't have a crack that looks like the grand canyon then they will pop up eventually.


Another quality post.


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