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Old 05-21-2008, 04:44 PM
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Closed points??

My 66 Mustang and I were recently involved in quite an unfortunate event.. anyway im gonna skip the story and just straight up say that my 200ci I6 is not running right now. There are two major suspects in this case.

1. Closed Points
2. Bad Timing Chain/Gears

I wanted to know what to do to open up closed points. I have never had this problem before, (I am new to engine building and restoration). I just wanted to know what I could do about closed points before I start pulling the timing chain cover off and having all sorts of fun with that.

Any information would be greatly appreciated!

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closed points

Moostang, I hope you saying they've welded them selfs together. I had a 6 I chevy do it once. I was on the road, so I toke out my pocket knife ( thing guys used to carry) and a rock and cut them apart. With my fingernail clippers , I file them a little to get a good contact point, set them by eye and headed home. Where I changed them at first change.
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loosen the screw that holds the points in, open the gap up, close the gap back up on a .018 feeler gauge and tighten the screw..

if you have to remove the timing cover, don't forget the 2 bolts on the oil pan, if you need to replace the timing set, opt for an aftermarket set. comp cams makes 1 for the 200 for about $40. I bought my billet dual roller from Classic inlines but it would be overkill on your engine.
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That .018 is with the rubbing block on the points on one of the distributor cam high points.

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The rider block wearing down will cause the points to close up. Like has been mentioned bump the engine over and stop it with the rider block up on a cam lobe...then set the points. Now take a little dab of grease on a toothpick and put the grease on the back side of the rider block where it sits on the cam. Just a small dab on the end of a toothpick...no more than that.
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That .018 is with the rubbing block on the points on one of the distributor cam high points.

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forgot to add that little detail. thanks..
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ooorrrrrr..

Or just dump the points and go with something a LOT more reliable and efficient....an electronic module that bolts right in and does a much better job than any points could ever do!

How many miles on the engine? That's a big difference on whether it's points or timing chain. One will not give you any spark (usually) at the plug, the other means things don't happen at the right time.

Check for spark at the plug first as that's the easiest.


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