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MrMan
06-15-2013, 08:13 PM
My '90 TriStar, 351, old school ignition, would only crank, would not fire.

I replaced coil- no change. Cleaned up rotor button, distributor and points- no change.

I replaced the points (set at .018) and condensor and it fired right up.

It all had like a white dust all over so I'm guessing humidity got to it? I dunno.

But man is my wife happy now!

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
06-15-2013, 09:03 PM
Glad you got it fixed...

Cloaked
06-15-2013, 09:10 PM
My '90 TriStar, 351, old school ignition, would only crank, would not fire.

I replaced coil- no change. Cleaned up rotor button, distributor and points- no change.

I replaced the points (set at .018) and condensor and it fired right up.

It all had like a white dust all over so I'm guessing humidity got to it? I dunno.

But man is my wife happy now!When I used to run with points (before converting ignitions to electronic) I carried a piece of sandpaper with me for roughing up the glazed contacts when nothing else was available.....Used the wife's fingernail file a time or two.....

Convert when you can... good money spent....

$0.02

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slushpup
06-15-2013, 10:54 PM
I have the same boat as you,Before the Mastercraft I ran a 1970 Century Resorter,POINTS SUCK with a Capital UCK. Match book and a emeroy board at all times in the glovebox.till I went electronic.

bturner2
06-16-2013, 08:37 AM
I have one word for you ..... Pertronix

http://www.pertronix.com/prod/ig/ignitor/default.aspx

slushpup
06-16-2013, 09:56 PM
I have one word for you ..... Pertronix

http://www.pertronix.com/prod/ig/ignitor/default.aspx

AMEN....:D

88 PS190
06-16-2013, 10:21 PM
I have the same boat as you,Before the Mastercraft I ran a 1970 Century Resorter,POINTS SUCK with a Capital UCK. Match book and a emeroy board at all times in the glovebox.till I went electronic.

Yeesh!

People and the points hate!

The only problem with points is that you really should clean them as part of your yearly ritual, I usually have a points file around since my motorcycle has them, the boat has them, the truck has them.

I get years out of a set of points, but the distributor needs to be opened up and the points set. When you own an old BMW motorcycle setting points and checking valve clearance is a yearly deal, the boat is darned near bullet proof in comparison.

It'll only go pertronix if I install the perfect pass and need to.