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Coil failure

I have a 58 Chev p/u with a straight 6 (235) cranks but wont start. Has power going to starter, spark through all plugs and wires. Although, the coil is pretty hot ?

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Coils do get hot

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Especially if they are mounted on the engine itself. Did you put a bit of gasoline down the carburetor throat and attempt to crank it? If you do and it runs a short time and then quits, then you need to get a rebuild kit, clean it, and reassemble.

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No start

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Hi, Mark; Fuel, spark, compression. Grab the throttle and look down the carb and see if it sprays fuel when you move the throttle. How old is the fuel? Have you checked the points dwell? You may want to remove the spark plugs and dry or replace them if they are wet. Also, if wet, leave the plugs out for several hours so the fuel in the cylinders can evaporate. If you have a compressor, blowing air into the cylinders will quicken the drying time. The timing mark is on the passenger side of the engine in a hole on the bell housing, once the above is accomplished and the engine runs.
If you have any other questions, or symptoms, I'll be glad to help. These coils will get hot when the key is on. If the points are closed, it can burn up the points.

Loren

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coil

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Hi, Mark; One more test you can do; Have your wife or girlfriend hold onto a spark plug wire while you crank over the engine. They will tell you (in no uncertain terms) if you have spark. But! don't blame me if you get hit by a mad female!
LOL
Loren

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I got caught by that one...

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when I was a young lad. Hair raising experience!
Dafydd.

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There's also

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the 9v battery tongue test which is not to be used to check a 90v B+ battery.

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