No fire from coil to distributor points

Tiny
TALL PAUL UC
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  • 1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR
  • 100,000 MILES
65 chev corvair car would not start, checked coil no fire from coil to dist. New coil, get fire to pos and neg wires with key on. I can open the point with a screw driver with key on, no fire. I touched screw driver to side of point assemb. An center cam post an there is sparks. Is plate shorted?
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 AT 9:17 AM

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Tiny
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Have you checked the wire to the points? It does sound like there is a short.
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 AT 10:05 AM
Tiny
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Its been awhile since I had anything to do with points. Car run about a month ago, not good though. Point were closed, but have gap now. Thing that throws me is the spring shaft has fire, not at point gop. You are right the wires might be touching dist plate. Ill check that, thanks any other thougt let me know. Thanks again.
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 AT 10:36 AM
Tiny
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It has been a while for me too. Check to see if you can locate any shorts in the distributor and let me know what you find.
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 AT 12:22 PM
Tiny
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Ill sure do just that, maybe tomorrow I will as it is raining here. When it rains my bones ache, ha thanks ill be in touch.
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 AT 12:37 PM
Tiny
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It's raining here too. I'm outside of Pittsburgh. Are you near by?
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 AT 1:10 PM
Tiny
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Yeah we are in lovely down town balto md. I think the rain moved your way. Gueass your a stealer fan. The raven dropped the ball more ways than one this year. Oh well.
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 AT 1:32 PM
Tiny
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You're not too far away. Let me know what you find. And the Steelers, well.
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 AT 4:43 PM
Tiny
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I moved the wires inside dist. Yesterday, and reset points. It cranked, but have to keep high idle to run. I think the pos wire was touching plate. Also it blowing oil out dip stick seal, on topof cover I hope this is because rubber seal isdry and loose. Think I might need a carb gasket on r. Carb. Let you know more. Later.
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Friday, November 8th, 2013 AT 1:16 PM
Tiny
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When setting the points, did you use a feeler gauge or did you set the dwell?
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Friday, November 8th, 2013 AT 5:07 PM
Tiny
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Sorry, internet been out since sat. Set them with a gage. Don't have dwell meter anymore. Set at 16 used. Sound right?
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 AT 7:41 AM
Tiny
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That sounds like a really small opening for the points. I was thinking around 30. I kept my old dwell meter. Don't get to use it much. Lol I wish I could get it to you.
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 AT 8:35 AM

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