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I have a early 1970 1600 dual port volkswagen not getting fire to plugs what could be the problem

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IF NOT MODIFIED THIS CAR HAS CONTACT BREAKERS (POINTS) Check for ignition at coil (terminal 15). If OK check if coil is grounding by sorting the negative (1). Also sheck for spark at this point by removing HT lead from distributor and holding en close to ground point (engine or body) but not touching. If coil is ok you should get a spark. Then go to the points themselves, Turn engine to point-closed position then open and release the points with a screw driver. You should see a spark there. If not replace points and also check connection wire fron coil.

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