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I have a 89 f150 got fuel but no spark replaced the distror 2 times still no spark an the ecm 2 times same thing im so lost

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As I remember, there was a Grey plastic Electronic part bolted onto the Distributor and a Pickup coil inside the Distributor on the breaker plate. The part you replaced would be a square box with wires that go to the Distributor.

The Grey plastic Electronic part used to cause alot of problems. You would want to check the Pickup coil with an Ohmmeter to see if it completes a circuit and is good.

It is possible that your timing chain broke, so check to see if the Rotor turns when you crank the engine. Its surprising how many hours debugging a problem turns out to be a simple timing chain.

I hope this helps you and my free advice gets you going.

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