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Jim    Posted 04-24-2018 at 09:45:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Ignition points
  • I just put in a set of points in my 1951 8N. It ran better than it ever had...for
    about 45 minutes. Then, it began to sputter. I thought sure I had some water in the
    gas as I had resurrected an old gas can for this years use. After much trial and error with a hose and a funnel, I determined my gas was fine. In desperation, I ran a piece of sandpaper through the points and was rewarded with a great running tractor again. That lasted for a little more than a minute. The points were not "blue streak" or
    "standard". My FLAPS says they aren't made anymore. Is this true? Why do they go bad so quickly? Is it the condenser? That was "new" too...

    Rustyal    Posted 04-25-2018 at 14:29:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Ignition points
  • New holland sells a good set. Clean any particles around the copper strip. Try a new set of points since they are not to expensive. Then look for other electric problems.

    Bruce (VA)    Posted 04-24-2018 at 13:59:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Ignition points
  • See tips 66, 67 & 68.

    What was the gap when it stopped running?

    Try Amazon for Bluestreaks....or YT. NAPA sells Echlin.

    Absent metal transfer as Kevin said, chances are your condenser is fine.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 04-24-2018 at 10:28:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Ignition points
  • If the old points are not pitted, changing the condenser could create a new problem. The new condenser might be the wrong rating for the system. The coating used on new points can cause them not to work electrically. Once removed, I've never had that coating come back. Check the gap again and make sure screws have not slipped. Look for other problems. I actually had the movable arm bend and break on a new set of "quality" points. Check the flexible copper strip and other wiring for problems.

    JMOR    Posted 04-24-2018 at 19:08:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I too would look for other problems.

    Jim    Posted 04-30-2018 at 14:58:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I put in new, higher quality, points on Saturday. It ran great for about three minutes,then started sputtering again. I checked and cleaned electrical connections...
    swapped coils...cleaned the carb again...jumpered the ignition switch...in short, everything I could think of to do and still, it made no difference. Today, on a whim, I tooksandpaper to the new points and it ran perfect. I ran it for about 20 minutes this timeand carried about 700lbs of dirt on my carryall.It had no problem with the power to lift or drive at all. Now I understand what someone had mentioned about a "coating"on the points. There must have been one on them and I knocked it off with the sandpaper. By the way, I set the points to .025", because my first set of Chinese points had that feeler gauge in them. That sounds wide to me. What do you guys use?

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