In Reply to: Setting points - 8N 6cyl Funk posted by Brent (MN) on August 19, 2018 at 21:36:41:
From the back yard of the way I get myself out of these problems, Locate engine specs on another 6 cyl Ford of the same era. Point gap and timing and the firing order, that I bet you mixed up, should all be listed. Getting tickled while holding the ignition wire might actually depend on the style ignition wire you have as well as the age.
Best way to tell if the wires are dead goes back to my earlier days when I raised the hood of my car running at night. I had a wonderful light show going on with the plug wires that were glowing everywhere. If your running 8MM silicon wires on an upgraded ignition system, then you should not be getting tickled holding onto the wires.
If your running cloth wires going back to 1950, then you might be very well getting tickled.