Greeting fellow Triumph owners,
My name is K. Lee Lerner, I am an astronomer and a teacher of mathematics. I
am also the proud original owner of a 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 made for the
North American market. I've owned the car since college and have recently
decided to restore it for my son. This is a new hobby for me and I am
acquiring experience and tools as I go. I am certainly no expert.
After a few years of inactivity in the garage a complete engine overhaul
brought the car back to productive life for several weeks. Then while working
on dampening a vexing bonnet vibration the engine seemed to die -- just as it
would if the car ran out of fuel or suffered from other form of fuel
starvation. Although the carb and fuel line are the obvious suspects I can not
seem to find evidence of spark in the ignition system.
The battery is new and well charged, the starter works fine and I have replaced
the ignition coil (induction coil?) I have checked and found the posts to and
from the coil carry current. Regardless, even with fuel in the carb the engine
will not fire.
When I test for current coming from the coil to the distributor I find no
evidence of current. There is also no spark when I place the wire going from
the coil to the distributor next to the engine block.
Am I running the proper tests?
After replacing the coil I am at a loss as to where to look next.
Any help or suggestions will be appreciated.