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Contact Point Gap 1981 Datsun Stanza

I would like to know the contact point setting for a 1981 Datsun Stanza

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Cool old car :)...set points at .019 in. new ...and .016 if using used

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Find the gap measurement.
Remove the distributor cap.
Remove the rotor arm, (the black and brass thing under the distributor cap.
The feeler guage should be pushed between the contacts, it should go in perpendicular , i.e. the nose of the feeler blades should go in like the point of a knife.
There should be a light drag on the feeler blades if, that is, they are set correctly.

So, if the gap is 30 thousandths the blade or combination of blades should amount to 30 thousandths. The blade values should be marked on them.
If the gap is too wide the blades will have no drag on them, indeed they might not in contact with both contacts.
Or the blades might not go in because the gap between the 2 contacts is too small, in this case there will be a lot of drad on the feeler guage blades.
If either of these is the case release the screw that secures the contact to the base of the distributor and whilst maintaining the required gap tighten the screw and re-measure the gap.
When you have satisfied yourself that you have the correct gap refit the rotor arm ensuring that it is fully pushed home.
refit the distributor cap ensuring that the clips are properly secured.
Turn the key.
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I have a 1973 amc javelin, its been sitting (inside) for 28 years. Trying to get it running now. Replaced all the ignition system, just need to know how to set the points.

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To set the points you need to turn the engine over until the contact pad on the points is on the center of a lobe on the distributor. The lobe should be in the center of the pad so it's probably best to turn the engine over by hand. Loosen the screw on the the slotted hole in the point set and slide your feeler guage between the contact pad and the lobe. Be sure the feeler guage is flat on the contact pad or your measurement will be off. Tighten the screw and slide the feeler guage out. It should fit snugly and be able to slide back in easily but snug.
Turn the engine over until the contact pad is on the flat part of the lobe and check the alignment of the points in relation to each other. They should be closed with no gaps at either end. If there is a gap at one end then bend the stationary support until they close. DO NOT bend the moveable arm. Reset the point gap after you bend.
Once you have the gap set re-check the gap. Quite often the gap will close a little when you tighten the screw .It takes some patience to get the point set properly.
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condencer,,Points gap of 12thou, (Let me know how you go) Ron

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