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1950 BUICK Special NO SPARK Problem!

Andy DAV

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I am really scratching my head on this one. Got a great idea the other day to change the ing coil, points and condenser on my 1950 BUICK special. Swapped out the coil without a problem and it started right up. Changed the old points with new Delco Remmys and NO SPARK! I checked the gap and make sure that the voltage goes on and off when I crank it over. still nothing, So I put the old points back in. still nothing. Changed the condenser then charged the battery. I cranked it and had spark, THEN IT STOPPED abruptly. No spark again. Maybe I should try to change to an electronic set up? Also, one of the distributor cap clips broke. Does anyone know who sells them?

Thanks for any help!

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Check that the wire going from the power post to the points is not grounding out against the distributor body or plate.


I found these cap springs on ebay.  Says its for 51-55, but I bet if fits 1950 too, as the parts manual shows the same part number for 1931-1954:    https://www.ebay.com/i/282585262631?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&itemid=282585262631&targetid=886140166958&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=1025016&poi=&campaignid=9426356127&mkgroupid=98691857674&rlsatarget=aud-762207186714:pla-886140166958&abcId=1140476&merchantid=101641758&gclid=EAIaIQobChMInNWfrvfg6AIVdOW1Ch2bcwJqEAQYASABEgItPPD_BwE

Edited by Pete O
added cap spring info (see edit history)
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