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Old 09-08-2019, 12:26 AM
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Delco distributor, prestolite coil

I bought a sailboat with an atomic 4.
Not starting, previous owner said that it had ignition issues.
I have found out that he rewired the coil in the wrong way!
I guess he just bought new distributor cap, points, condenser and plugs, he couldn't figure it out and put it back together quickly.
The distributor is a Delco, while the coil a prestolite.
It should not matter, right?
Both primary and secondary test good so hopefully isn't fried.
I have no spark but I have 12v at coil positive. But Always, so I'm gonna check the instruments and switch panel and go from there.

Please let me know if for some reason a Delco distributor must have a different coil than the prestolite that I own.

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Old 09-08-2019, 10:32 AM
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The coil and distributor do not need to match. Confirm your points are opening and closing, check the points gap at the distributor cam peak. If you have the test instrument available, check the dwell.
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