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Re: Totally Dead TD

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Subject: Re: Totally Dead TD
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 10:40:50 -0700
Hmmm, here's a thought. There should be a ground wire that leads from the
rotating plate on the distributor (it may be attached to the points screw)
to the non-rotating base. This frequently becomes frayed from constant
motion stress, and then breaks when you mess with the points. No ground = no
spark. You might want to check that this is intact. Sometimes the wire is
merely hanging on by a single strand.

on 4/26/01 7:13 AM, Mike Razor at wrote:

> Put it all back together and still won't start.  Took cap off cranked
> engine and did not see any spark at the points.   The small wire that
> comes off one of the leads on the coil is hot, accidentally brush it
> against some metal putting it back on and had forgotten to turn the
> key off.  Looks like no power is getting to the points.  I have not
> replaced the points, condenser, or plug wires, don't think I need to
> replace the wires and got new plugs already.
> For those of you still hanging in there with me let me review:
> Changed oil
> Front carb was leaking and replaced a gasket in it with a jury rigged
> gasket and it stopped leaking
> Hosed off gasoline from hot manifold
> Pulled car off rack and it idled fine, started for the house and it
> was running really rough with no true power
> Lots of radiator fluid and water on engine, pulled dizzy cap and dizzy
> full of water
> Found leaky rad hose
> #1 Cylinder dead, #2 Cylinder weak spark, 3 and 4 seemed ok
> Replaced Plugs. #1 still dead #2 weak and 3 and 4 ok
> Removed plate points condenser sit on cleaned out cap and dizzy
> reassembled and now nothing works
> Let dry overnight and reassemble and nothing works
> Getting frustrated, know why good mechs are worth their weight in gold


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
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