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Cranks over but no fire

Drove it to work, quiting time, it won't start. Checked at plugs, distributor & coil by pulling the wires, no fire. Suggestions on where to go from here would be greatly appreciated. Sure miss my 56 Chevy.....I could work on that. ;-)

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IGNITION COILS WHERE BAD ON THESE AND COIL WIRE. ALSO CHECK DIST TURNING AND CAP(DEPENDING ON WHAT ENG)

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