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Starts fine one time and then refuses to start.

Car has been to 3 mechanics; first replaced distributor with 2nd hand; car worked fine. Then wouldn't start; distributor cleaned by 2nd mechanic; all good. Next day car refuses to start; auto electrican tests spark and coil - says all good. Car starts. Next day no go. 3rd mechanic checks everything, put new distributor button in and car works fine. I go to pick it up and car won't start. Auto electrician tests ignition module and that's ok, tests spark and says it's weak, suggests replacing distributor and coil. Any suggestions would be welcome as this has been going on for a couple of months now.

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If this is a conversion from old points style to HEI modern style, the problem may be the resistance wire is still in the circuit, which should have been removed from the power circuit to the distributor.
If the ignition coil reads 12 volts to its 12 volts terminal, then you should replace the ignition module, furthermore, a pickup coil and sprocket can also be replaced from under the rotor but the distributor needs to be removed and disassembled to get to the pickup coil and sprocket. Some Fords don't need to be removed but do need some disassembling to replace all of its electrical components.

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