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Unread 01-06-2014, 05:31 PM   #1
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'63 CJ5 Fried Ignition?

Hi All, been awhile, I picked up a '63 (supposedly) CJ5 # 57548 151xxx. I bought it 'not running' & 'no paper work'. With that being said this is what I found with the F-head 134... No spark, the points, condenser & wire from the coil were fried. So I replaced the burnt stuff. I turned the key on, and rolled 'er over, several times about 5-10 seconds each time. I shut the key off after each time. The last time after rolling over, I stopped, and before I could turn the key off... the wire from the coil started smoking, like direct to ground! The coil is an aftermarket 12V Accel 'Super Stock', the ign. wire is to the + side and the - side is wired to the distributer... any help would be gratefully appreciated, thanks-Craig

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Unread 01-06-2014, 07:02 PM   #2
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Did you set the point gap(dwell)? If the points are continuously closed during the process, that may be your problem.
You will also want to insure there isn't a short (melted insulation from the previous meltdown) both out of sight within the existing loom, or at the distributor.
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Unread 01-06-2014, 07:31 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply...I did set the point gap at .020, I haven't had a chance to get back to chasing wires yet, I will try a different coil too, according to parts guys, it's supposed to be a 6V coil...
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Unread 01-07-2014, 12:27 PM   #4
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...could a bad coil short to ground some how...???
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Unread 01-07-2014, 01:07 PM   #5
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its grounding somewhere. thats how my 60 willys f134 stock ign pooped out. I updated my ign using a pertronix ignitor and blaster coil with all new ign wiring too and couldnt be happier. 100$ well spent at the time, and that was 5 years or so ago and still fires flawlessly.
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Unread 01-07-2014, 01:38 PM   #6
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bet you have a short in the + wire going to the coil. you should always hot wire form the battery to the + side of the coil and see what happens, ofcourse it would be better to find out if the + wire you already have is shorting out.
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Unread 01-07-2014, 04:19 PM   #7
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Thanks, I was thinking that would be too easy, I haven't found anything yet...
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Unread 01-11-2014, 01:41 PM   #8
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Well, don't know exactly what the ignition problem was, but I put it back together with a different coil. I did a compression check and found a dead cylinder (#3). I pulled the rocker cover, and found a 'loose' push rod. I also noticed #3 intake valve was stuck down a little. I sprayed it with PB Blaster, and tapped it with a hammer, it popped right back into place. splashed a little gas in the carb. and vrrrooom.......... started right up! Now for some brakes...
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