Classic/Antique Car Repair/electrical

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I have a 1969 camaro with a 350 engine.350 turbo trans and a 373 posi. the thing is stock from the factory. The problem I am having is the distributer. The thing won't start. When I test the distributer the test light lights up and the dist. is grounded like it should  be. But when the ignition is turned on it kinda shorts and there is nothing therefore no spark. The  wires seem to be hooked up right but nothing happens. What should I try.
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Joe

Answer
This car is equipped with points and condenser ignition from the factory. When the points are open and the key is on there should be voltage, around 7 volts when measured with a voltmeter, on the + side of the coil. The voltage on the - side of the coil should be the same when the points are open and 0 on the negative side when the points are closed. If opening and closing the points does not change the voltage on the negative side there is either a problem with the coil, grounded or broken wire from the coil to the points or a defective set of points or condenser. Check that and get back to me.  

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All automotive including antique and collectible. However if the car has been modified I can only answer in general terms and maybe get you pointed in the right direction.

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Automotive tech instructor. Syndicated auto columnist 1970's though the early 1990's. Syndicated auto radio talk show, Ask Brad About cars, CBS Radio 70's through 90's TV Show "Last Chance Garage" 1980's PBS-TV syndicated. Auto instructor for the following companies: Fram Autolyte Holly Carter AMF Ford Motor University Of Conn Blue Hills Technical School Sugar River Technical Center Grew up in a family garage in Needham Mass and turned wrenches from the age of 14.

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Manchester Union Leader, Nashua Telegraph, Motor Service Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Popular Mechanics (Saturday Mechanic early 80's), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and lots more.

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More than I care to remember. Basically Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, Northeastern University, Fitchburg State Teachers College, Tufts University, and a lot of factory schools along the way.

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Moto Award winner. And much more.

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