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Mini 1000. unknown timing problem

Car missed and stopped while driving in the wet.wont restart. backfires if towed. replaced points, plugs, condenser,coil, leads, timing seems to line up ok.rotor turns smoothly. run out of ideas.
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There would only be two (2) major factor required for an engine to fire/run; fuel and spark (at the right moment).

Based on your post, you have performed the normal required workloads for the electrical side (spark) which can be verified by cranking the engine with one of the high tension wires disconnected and attached to a spare known good plug. While cranking, there should be visible spark on the spare plug. If none, back to the electrical (and timing);

If there is, check for fuel from the tank, to the fuel pump, fuel filter then towards the high pressure pump (for fuel injected) or the carbs. It may be simpler/faster to simply drain all the fuel from the tank to the injector pump/carb and there after run compressed air to clear out any residue.

You can also try remove all the sparkplugs, crank the engine and again use compress air on all the combustion chambers.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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The distributors on these old Minis are in the most rediculous place, right at the front of the engine, where the weather can abuse it relentlessly through the front grill.

Ensure that the distributor and all the leads are absolutely bone dry, inside and out. Use a good dose of WD40 or Double TT to ensure all the moisture is displaced. Spray it on the leads, in the ends of the leads, on the cap, into the cap terminals, inside the cap, inside the distributor, everywhere.

Then cover the distributor using a plastic bag and elastic band or the like to protect it from the weather.

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