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  • 351 wouldn't start, no fire- easy fix

    My '90 TriStar, 351, old school ignition, would only crank, would not fire.

    I replaced coil- no change. Cleaned up rotor button, distributor and points- no change.

    I replaced the points (set at .018) and condensor and it fired right up.

    It all had like a white dust all over so I'm guessing humidity got to it? I dunno.

    But man is my wife happy now!

  • #2
    Glad you got it fixed...
    James

    1989 MasterCraft TriStar 190 SE
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    • #3
      Originally posted by MrMan View Post
      My '90 TriStar, 351, old school ignition, would only crank, would not fire.

      I replaced coil- no change. Cleaned up rotor button, distributor and points- no change.

      I replaced the points (set at .018) and condensor and it fired right up.

      It all had like a white dust all over so I'm guessing humidity got to it? I dunno.

      But man is my wife happy now!
      When I used to run with points (before converting ignitions to electronic) I carried a piece of sandpaper with me for roughing up the glazed contacts when nothing else was available.....Used the wife's fingernail file a time or two.....

      Convert when you can... good money spent....

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      • #4
        I have the same boat as you,Before the Mastercraft I ran a 1970 Century Resorter,POINTS SUCK with a Capital UCK. Match book and a emeroy board at all times in the glovebox.till I went electronic.
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        • #5
          I have one word for you ..... Pertronix

          http://www.pertronix.com/prod/ig/ignitor/default.aspx

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bturner2 View Post
            I have one word for you ..... Pertronix

            http://www.pertronix.com/prod/ig/ignitor/default.aspx
            AMEN....
            extreme tube tower

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            • #7
              Originally posted by slushpup View Post
              I have the same boat as you,Before the Mastercraft I ran a 1970 Century Resorter,POINTS SUCK with a Capital UCK. Match book and a emeroy board at all times in the glovebox.till I went electronic.
              Yeesh!

              People and the points hate!

              The only problem with points is that you really should clean them as part of your yearly ritual, I usually have a points file around since my motorcycle has them, the boat has them, the truck has them.

              I get years out of a set of points, but the distributor needs to be opened up and the points set. When you own an old BMW motorcycle setting points and checking valve clearance is a yearly deal, the boat is darned near bullet proof in comparison.

              It'll only go pertronix if I install the perfect pass and need to.

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