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Brought 1979 out of storage after five years. Put in new battery and all accesories work, car turns over but will not start. No spark was comming from plug wire so I checked the coil. No spark came from coil wire so I replace coil and still no spark. What could it be?

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Most likely the points, but check the low tension coil wiring as well. If the points have got stuck together during storage or if the wire to them is disconnected then you won't get a spark. If they've slipped totally closed you won't get a spark either. Replace the condenser at the same time, they don't last forever and are cheap.

After changing the points or re-gapping them, you MUST re-time the ignition, statically to begin and then dynamically once the engine is running. ****** the timing slightly from standard to take account of lead-free fuel, unless the car was supplied from new to a lead-free country.

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