Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Moorestown,NJ 08057
79 Spider won't start with electronic distributor
Here's what's happening: Car has a Marelli distributor, 2 sets of points, centrifugal weights, etc.
I was able to set the timing statically and with a timing light. The car ran really well, the best since I've owned
it. However, when I road tested it, every once in a while when accelerating, it would bog down like rev limiters were actuating. Of course this car doesn't have limiters so I'm not really sure what would cause this.
Advance not working properly? I don't know. So I installed an electronic distributor I got from Vick parts
house. Connected it as prescribed, red wire to + coil and black to - coil. Before taking the Marelli out I set the
timing marks at P. I checked the 12 volts going to the mag pickup. The only difference when positioning this
vs. the Marelli is the Marelli rotor would point toward number one plug at about 1 o'clock when you're standing over it looking down. The electronic one points to about 4 o'clock. So I changed the plug wires so that the rotor was pointing at #1 plug wire and then as it rotates to 3, 4, 2.
The car will not start with the ecletronic dist. I checked for spark at plug #1 and it is strong spark.
I think it's a timing issue but I don't know the solution.
Please let me know your thoughts and thanks for taking the time.