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MrMan 06-15-2013 07:13 PM

351 wouldn't start, no fire- easy fix
 
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 08:03 PM

Glad you got it fixed...

Cloaked 06-15-2013 08:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MrMan (Post 946997)
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 09:54 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 07:37 AM

I have one word for you ..... Pertronix

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

slushpup 06-16-2013 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bturner2 (Post 947070)
I have one word for you ..... Pertronix

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

AMEN....:D

88 PS190 06-16-2013 09:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by slushpup (Post 947031)
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.


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