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Old 07-28-2010, 08:33 PM
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setting points, quick question

hey guys,
I know this has been covered, just need a quick answer and simple, don't want to hog the boards with this. When you install your points from the box, do you set the initial gap with the lobe peek of making full contact with the points or with the flat part and really no contact. Looking at .016 to get in the ball park but not sure what position the points need to be in before setting this gap? Yes, as soon as I get this engine running again, I am going to switch over the an electronic system... thanks in advance,,,, Since nobody hardly use's points anymore I am having trouble with this. Jeff J. Its for a 69 Camaro with a 350 engine.....original points and condensor set up still in car.. thanks

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Old 07-28-2010, 08:59 PM
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The cam lobe of the distributor opens the points, so you set it at 16 thou on the peak ......If you set it on the flat part, they would be open all the time.
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Set the point rub right on the high points (corner) of the cam on the distributor. I've used a matchbook cover to get real close to the correct gap at the electrical contact. Tighten it down. Engine should start. With the engine running, use your 1/8" allen wrench (or whatever size it is), and turn it clockwise until it misfires. Back it off 180 degrees(half turn), and it will be very close to spec.
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