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Old 06-30-2019, 08:05 PM   #1
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I drove my 39 Pickup two weeks ago and on the way home had to pull over. I believe that was because of a vapor lock. The next day, the truck started right up and I started looking for solutions to solve the vapor lock. I know what I am going to do for that, but now my truck won't start.

I have checked electrical systems and it appears that there is no spark at the plugs.

Where should I be looking??
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:14 PM   #2
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Codenser, coil, and resistor in that order.
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:16 PM   #3
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Yep, sounds more like an electrical issue.
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:18 PM   #4
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"90% of fuel problems are electrical".

I love that old phrase. It's pretty accurate. I've experienced it myself!
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Old 06-30-2019, 09:51 PM   #5
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Had a similar issue and it was the coil.................
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Old 06-30-2019, 10:22 PM   #6
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Had a similar issue and it was the coil.................
I thought I had vapor lock when I first bought my Merc and it turned out to be the coil.
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:13 AM   #7
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I've had the same problem on 2 different cars...both had intermittent coils. Grrrrr!
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Old 07-01-2019, 01:43 PM   #8
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Thanks for the tips. I have a spare coil that has been rebuilt and I will go get a 6-volt condenser as a start. I appreciate the help.
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Old 07-01-2019, 02:28 PM   #9
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You might also check the voltage going to the coil to make sure it's not getting too much voltage. In that case the coil would eventually get hot and break down.
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:59 PM   #10
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Keeping an eye on this thread KT, let us know how you make out and have a happy 4th brother
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:41 PM   #11
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On my 38. I use a napa IH200 condenser (I know there are better for mfg, but is easy to get. I bought 3 just because). A skip coil. A bubba dizzy. It might seem like a ad i guess, but I'm not prepared or capable of rebuilding these items with solid proficiency. It takes a village. 5 yrs running and by running I mean it sits for 4 months and cranks over quickly after that (totally rewired with harnesses from Sacramento ford). Granted new fuel lines, rebuilt carb(this was the hardest of the whole thing to source) and tank.

4v at the coil as mentioned. I've smoked a couple coils with the power on and points open without the engine running, yrs past... including a yblock. burnt into by brain now to always check if the ignition power was on when the engine was not running.



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