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Dan Stevens    Posted 02-24-2019 at 15:24:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • 1963 801 powermaster
  • Getting spark on #3. No spark on 1-2-4. New plugs, wires, cap, roter, points condenser, coil. Got spark through coil and points. bug is on number one with piston in full compression position. clockwise I am wired 1243. 3 being closest piston to steering wheel. Fuel flows freely and bowl is clear as a bell. Started last fall ran for 5 minutes and quit. Suspected coil and replaced then progressed and replaced all the above. Can't figure it out

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 02-25-2019 at 07:53:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 1963 801 powermaster
  • Like MICHFORD said, firing order is 1,2,4, 3 on these old Fords but you are incorrect to say #3 is closet to the steering wheel/dash. Cylinders go from #1 closest to radiator at the front to #4, closest to dash at the back. Try switching the wires. Also, would help to know if 6V or 12V. You could have more wiring issues. Don't suspect if a part is defective and just replace it, perform tests. Was the timing set when you did the tune-up? You want to verify voltage at the coil, not spark. Fuel flow test is thru the drain plug -1 pint in 2 minutes is the norm. Are plugs wet? If so, dry and clean, re-gapped, and use again. Get wiring corrected and then try again.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 02-24-2019 at 22:32:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 1963 801 powermaster
  • Condensers are notorious junk. Just because it is new means nothing. Napa has decent ones at the top of the line. That possible bad dist shaft might be worth a look but I am still going for a new dead condenser.

    r geiger    Posted 02-25-2019 at 19:19:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 1963 801 powermaster
  • I had a problem with my 2 cylinder JD crawler last fall and after fighting it , I replaced the condenser and she now runs like a Deere!! It would miss, back fire and was barely running.

    49er swGA    Posted 02-24-2019 at 19:47:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 1963 801 powermaster
  • This has me wondering if you gotta worn distributor shaft (or bearing/bushing) like my buddy Steve had one time...

    Just a thought or a re-memory I have...

    Michford    Posted 02-24-2019 at 15:59:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 1963 801 powermaster
  • You are correct with your firing order, but number one piston is at the front of the engine, and number four as closest to the steering wheel.

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