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That is ancient to me , remove the dist cap, turn the engine over till the points are on a high lobe, a little tricky , set the points using a screwdriver usually at about 17 thou, then reassemble and you're rocking

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There are feeler gauges (extremely thin) to adjust the points gap. First find the proper gap for your model vehicle, and then purchase a gauge. these gauges have something like 10 different thicknesses, for different points, so make sure it includes the exact gap that you need. I remember in my youth adjusting the gap with cigarette wrapper paper, it seemed to have the proper thickness to get you out of dodge. Also remember that you have to rotate the engine until the points are in the open position, in order to adjust them.

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