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distributor return spring

Post by greenfyregirl » 4th March 2019 - 10:29pm

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This is my distributor, the picture isnt the same model, but im wondering if mine should have the second spring??? does it matter? does anyone know??
thanks!!
and have i put the earth in the right place- attached to the condensor screw?
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Re: distributor return spring

Post by broady_6 » 5th March 2019 - 7:52am

As long as yours is operating and returning, i wouldn't worry about it. I expect it will have been a bit of built in redundancy. Or a means of altering the advance curve by requiring more vacuum before the advance started to increase.
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Re: distributor return spring

Post by greenfyregirl » 5th March 2019 - 4:47pm

cool! it is working quite well.
Have i put the earth pigtail in the right place??
Im checking cuz ive got no spark unless i open the points with a plastic knife- then i get one at the points and one at the ht lead!!
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Re: distributor return spring

Post by broady_6 » 5th March 2019 - 5:53pm

I cant see in the photo as it quite dark. But the wire from the points should connect to the grommet on the condenser which pushes through the hole on the side or bottom of the distributor. You will only get a spark when the points open. Thats how its designed to work, the points will open 4 time per revolution, once for each of your 4 cylinders
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Re: distributor return spring

Post by greenfyregirl » 5th March 2019 - 7:28pm

its a separate copper pigtail thats an earth. nothing to do with the points.
im not getting any spark- so workng through the haynes manual suggestions.
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Re: distributor return spring

Post by greenfyregirl » 5th March 2019 - 7:29pm

just hoping the earth wasnt ment to go anywhere else. its looking like the new condensor is kaput
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Re: distributor return spring

Post by purplepeter » 5th March 2019 - 10:13pm

The copper tail normally goes to the moving plate

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Re: distributor return spring

Post by greenfyregirl » 5th March 2019 - 10:23pm

Thanks both :)
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