<VV> What would make #1 distributor tower not fire?

Doug Mackintosh dougmackintosh at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 17 14:17:56 EDT 2016

DanT. asked:

Did you happen to measurethe dwell? 

The answer: It now measures 35 deg at idle, about 32.5 at1500 RPM. It was 32.5 at idle and about 31 deg at speed when #1 was not firing.Seems like it would have moved the other direction, but it is what it is.Before I started any work (I think #1 was not firing but not sure) it was 40 atidle, 37.5 at speed.

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<<From: Doug Mackintosh <dougmackintosh at yahoo.com> 
To: Virtual Vairs <virtualvairs at corvair.org> 
Subject: Re: <VV> What would make #1 distributor tower not fire? 

Tomy request for help concerning my daughter's Spyder #1 distributor tower notfiring, thank you all who responded with suggestions. I followed Frank DuVal'sadvice to check the point gap on #1 lobe, then measure the other 5. I foundthat there was a large variation between the gap at each of the 6 positions(0.004 to 0.017). What I have done for now is finesse the gap setting to hitthe sweet spot where all 6 are firing and I have enough dwell to prevent cutoutunder hard acceleration. I am thinking a rebuilt distributor is in my future,once I hit the lottery. At this point it is running well enough to keep me onthe road.>> -- Doug Mackintosh Corsa member since 1996 Corsa/NC member since 1996, Virtual Vairs member Corvair owner 1969-1971 and 1996-on

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