I thought someone would come up with this reasoning but there was no damage
to the insulator, i.e. it had not cut in, it may have compressed but not so
far it could not recover. Anyhow irrespective of this it knobled the car for
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Massey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Graham Stretch" <email@example.com>
Cc: "Triumph List" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2000 12:45 AM
Subject: Re: TR3 Wiring
> Message text written by "Graham Stretch"
> >I have another fault for this type of points that will cause the 0 volt
> problem. The insulators become conductors when over compressed, this is
> seen at night, it happened to me and grounded the car for a day, it was
> winter so inspection after work was made in the dark, (a trick I have made
> much use of before also) I could see the spark go through the nylon,
> the nut and voila spark at the coil. The difference was about half a turn
> the nut in my case so it was not really overtight just too tight for the
> You must have torqued it down to the point that the spring had cut almost
> through the nylon. And punch-through took care of the rest.
> Sort of puts the lie to the old addage "if some is good more is better."
> Dave (I'll have some more beer)