[Healeys] No spark

Stephen Hutchings s.hutchings at rogers.com
Sat Jun 3 13:46:46 MDT 2017

I should have said that the exhaust valve for #6 is closing and the intake is opening, for #1 to be at the firing point.I wrote my original email too quickly, and glibly!Anyway, I'm going to back up and go over it component by component.Thanks for your suggestions.

      From: BJ8Healeys <sbyers at ec.rr.com>
 To: 'Stephen Hutchings' <s.hutchings at rogers.com> 
 Sent: Saturday, June 3, 2017 2:45 PM
 Subject: RE: [Healeys] No spark
#yiv7464717117 #yiv7464717117 -- _filtered #yiv7464717117 {font-family:Helvetica;panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4;} _filtered #yiv7464717117 {panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4;} _filtered #yiv7464717117 {font-family:Calibri;panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;} _filtered #yiv7464717117 {font-family:Tahoma;panose-1:2 11 6 4 3 5 4 4 2 4;} _filtered #yiv7464717117 {panose-1:3 15 7 2 3 3 2 2 2 4;}#yiv7464717117 #yiv7464717117 p.yiv7464717117MsoNormal, #yiv7464717117 li.yiv7464717117MsoNormal, #yiv7464717117 div.yiv7464717117MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:12.0pt;}#yiv7464717117 a:link, #yiv7464717117 span.yiv7464717117MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv7464717117 a:visited, #yiv7464717117 span.yiv7464717117MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv7464717117 p.yiv7464717117MsoAcetate, #yiv7464717117 li.yiv7464717117MsoAcetate, #yiv7464717117 div.yiv7464717117MsoAcetate {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:8.0pt;}#yiv7464717117 span.yiv7464717117EmailStyle17 {color:#002060;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;}#yiv7464717117 span.yiv7464717117BalloonTextChar {}#yiv7464717117 .yiv7464717117MsoChpDefault {font-size:10.0pt;} _filtered #yiv7464717117 {margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;}#yiv7464717117 div.yiv7464717117WordSection1 {}#yiv7464717117 Stephen, I may be wrong and it wouldn't have anything to do with no spark, but I think you're not timing the engine correctly.Timing is done with the #1 piston coming on up TDC on its compression stroke.  Pistons #1 and #6 are both reaching TDC together but if #1 is on the compression stroke (both valves closed) then the exhaust valve (#12 from front to back) for #6 cylinder should be open (exhaust stroke).  Actually, it is open and should be just starting to close.  The #6 cylinder intake valve (#11) is closed and just starting to open).  No spark:Make sure the white/black wire is connected to the distributor and the + side of the coil (if positive ground) and the white wire to the other side of the coil.Check the small flexible wire under the distributor cap to be sure it isn't broken or loose at its terminals.Did you have the ignition switch on for a significant length of time without starting the engine?  If so, the coil can overheat and be damaged and/or the points may burn. Bad condenserBad rotorAre the points adjusted correctly? Steve   From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Stephen Hutchings
Sent: Saturday, June 03, 2017 1:34 PM
To: Healey List
Subject: [Healeys] No spark  Well, after all my work on the timing I thought I'd go for a drive this morning. I hadn't run the car since I started adjusting the timing, and it wouldn't start.I've got as far as determining that there's no spark, and I'm starting to eliminate the obvious, but I wonder if anyone can think of something that could have been disturbed while I was working on the timing.I did have the distributor out at one point, but it went back in the way it came out- I double checked that it was at #1 with  the valves for #6 closed, and the timing mark showing TDC. Weird.I will start with the coil and rotor, and go from there.  Stephen, BJ8  
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