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8 hp tecumseh with old type ignition (points, etc) I intalled a new coil, condenser, points, plug, but get no spark at all. Cannot find the problem.

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I had the points set at 18 . Then i looked at the position of the magnets on the fly wheel . I noticed they looked like they went a little to far when the points were opening. so I gap the points at 20 instead of 18 .I now have spark.

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Make sure the flywheel key is a new one. use .020 brass or non metalic shim stock to space the coil away from the flywheel, set the points to be about .016 - .018 when fully open and make sure the ground wire on the coil is not grounded to anything.

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