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1955 235 No Spark
#1353545 Sun Apr 05 2020 08:04 PM
Joined: Mar 2020
Posts: 53
M
Wrench Fetcher
Someone please help. I am not getting spark from my coil. Here is what i have done:
1. put in a new coil
2. new wire from battery to positive side of coil

when i turn the engine over, hold the coil wire, which goes to the distributor cap, close to ground i get no spark.

did i get a bad coil?

Re: 1955 235 No Spark
MikeA777 #1353557 Sun Apr 05 2020 08:52 PM
Joined: Jun 2004
Posts: 8,202
W
Master Gabster
Turn on the key & put a screw driver across the points. Each time the points open & close or the screw driver grounds the points you should get a spark. Make sure the points open & close as the engine turns. Sometimes the rubbing block gets worn down to a point where the points won't open.
George


They say money can't buy happiness. It can buy old Chevy trucks though. Same thing.

1956 Chevy 1/2-Ton Pickup

Re: 1955 235 No Spark
MikeA777 #1353561 Sun Apr 05 2020 09:11 PM
Joined: Mar 2020
Posts: 53
M
Wrench Fetcher
Thanks George, points do spark when i stick a screwdriver in there. Points do open and close as the engine turns over. The points look new. I've never heard the engine run but the guy who sold it to me said he drove it last year.

Re: 1955 235 No Spark
MikeA777 #1353570 Sun Apr 05 2020 09:34 PM
Joined: Mar 2020
Posts: 53
M
Wrench Fetcher
Well, after a few hours of fiddling with the engine, i'm suddenly getting spark at the plugs. something must have been loose. Now i need to figure out how to set the timing with the engine not running. i know the distributor was moved and the timing is off. is there a way to do this?

Re: 1955 235 No Spark
MikeA777 #1353574 Sun Apr 05 2020 09:48 PM
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J
Shop Shark
Rotate the engine until number 1 cylinder (closest to the radiator) is at top dead center with both valves closed and then back off about 6 degrees or so (turn the other way a bit). Turn ignition on, install a timing light between the number 1 plug wire and the number 1 plug. Turn distributor until the timing light flashes and stop. Tighten the distributor, start engine, loosen distributor and set timing using the flywheel and timing marks on it. Good luck.


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
Re: 1955 235 No Spark
MikeA777 #1353599 Mon Apr 06 2020 12:02 AM
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Posts: 53
M
Wrench Fetcher
Thanks Jon, appreciate it.


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