This will take you to the main site where there is history, technical information and other information on these cars.
This takes you back to the main page of the forums.
This is the control panel to change your password, information and preferences on this message board.
Click here if your lost your password or need to register on this message board. You must be a registered user to post. Registration is free.
Search this board for information you need.
Click here to buy cool Squarebirds mechandise.
Click here to support Squarebirds.org. For $20 annually receive 20mBytes webspace, a Squarebirds e-mail address and member's icon on the message board.
  #11  
Old 10-28-2011, 06:10 PM
simplyconnected's Avatar
simplyconnected simplyconnected is offline
Slow Typist
 
Join Date: May 26 2009
Posts: 7,065
simplyconnected is on a distinguished road
Default

Kevin, I know your car has a starter relay with four posts. Some cars only used three posts. That means they did not bypass the ballast resistor that feeds the coil. So, is this absolutely necessary? No. It's only meant to help battery voltage drop during cranking. The truth is, your engine should start with either a resistance wire (or ballast resistor) OR a straight wire coming off the ACC side of your key sw.

Your problems run deeper. You said you have battery voltage at the coil. That's what you need.

You also said your distributor wire isn't opening/grounding with the points. Start there. With the D (primary) wire removed from the coil, put your meter on that wire, the other prod on engine GND, and set it to OHMs. Crank your engine. If the points never close (or never open) you will see no meter movement as the distributor turns. That's a problem you need to address first.

For points lubrication, I use a thin coat of Shell moly grease. This green stuff never hardens and when you pull it apart in your fingers, it 'strings' real long. That means it's moving around.

Good luck in your tests.
__________________
My latest project:
CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
--Lee Iacocca
  #12  
Old 10-29-2011, 05:48 PM
63-4drpost 63-4drpost is offline
Experienced
 
Join Date: Feb 14 2009
Posts: 159
63-4drpost is on a distinguished road
Default points

take some fine sand paper, fold it over, and put it between the contacts on the points. doesn't take much. then clean the contact faces with a folded dollar bill. Most point have been laying around for years, buid up a coating on them that will not pass current. give it a try. If you are tired of **** points, do like I am doing and convert to Duraspark 2 ignition.
  #13  
Old 10-29-2011, 06:52 PM
Richard D. Hord Richard D. Hord is offline
Super-Experienced and Proud Kentuckian who bleeds Ford Blue.
 
Join Date: Dec 16 2008
Posts: 2,868
Richard D. Hord is on a distinguished road
Default

I would go with Pertronnix ignition system! I replaced "Christine's" and have had no more trouble! Keep you a GOOD set of points on habd
Richard D. Hord
__________________
'60 Thunderbird "Christine"
Registry #33436
  #14  
Old 10-29-2011, 07:18 PM
kevin_tbird kevin_tbird is offline
Experienced
 
Join Date: Jun 12 2011
Posts: 157
kevin_tbird is on a distinguished road
Default

Many thanks to redstangbob who walked me through the diagnostic procedure on the ignition wiring on the phone.

I can't tell you exactly what was wrong with the car, last night I cleaned the points and moved them back and forth several times and then went through the entire wiring one step at a time. At the end she fired right up.

I still think I have a wiring problem at the ignition switch and will check that thoroughly next week.

Kevin
  #15  
Old 10-29-2011, 08:10 PM
lawyercalif lawyercalif is offline
Experienced
 
Join Date: May 12 2011
Posts: 240
lawyercalif is on a distinguished road
Default

I went with the Petronix it was easy to install and works great.
Closed Thread


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:06 PM.

Driving, racing or working on cars can be hazardous. The procedures and advice on this website including the message board are opinion only. Squarebirds.org and its webmasters and contributors do not guarantee the correctness of the advice and procedures. The Squarebirds.org and its webmasters assume no liability for any damage, fines, punishment, injury or death resulting from following these procedures or advice. If you do not have the skills or tools to repair your car, please consult a professional. By using this site you agree to hold harmless the Squarebirds.org, its authors and its webmasters from any resulting claim and costs that may occur from using the information found on this site.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Any submissions to this site and any post on this site becomes property of Squarebirds.org . The webmasters reserve the right to edit and modify any submissions to this site. All material on this is site is copyrighted by the Squarebirds.org. Reproduction by any means other than for personal use is strictly prohibited. Permission to use material on this site can be obtained by contacting the webmasters. Copyright 2002-2016 by Squarebirds.org.