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    If your buddy's car starts to too run horrible and sounds like a gun fight at the OK corral because he has allowed his cam to wear the point block to where they barely open and he has no tools other than a small screw driver, here is a quick and accurate fix. Turn his engine to the high part of the cam. Now close the gap until the points just touch. Now open the points by screwing the screw to open by turning the screw 180* open. Then open it another 45* and you have .020 gap. This is easily done by naked eye. If you are a perfectionist (OCD) , the actual turn would be 230* open so that is 180* plus 50* but 45* is insignificant and extremely easy to estimate. Don't need a feeler gage or a match book for this and it is accurate.


  • #2
    Interesting Steve. Thanks. I never thought about doing that.
    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


    • #3
      Great tip Steve,
      ill copy your post to the drivability thread in the tech area

      3 ~ Tudor's
      Henry Ford said
      "It's all nuts and bolts"

      Mitch's Auto Service ctr


      • #4
        I have an upper plate with a 0.020 width scratch below the points. easy eyeball set. I like this better


        • #5
          Grandpa said to use a thin dime.


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          • #7
            Good tip, and I have used the same method to adjust valves if I didn't have a feeler gauge handy.
            If you know the threads per inch (TPI) then you can calculate the thousandths per turn of the screw, and adjust the valves accordingly.

            See, the math you had to learn in school does come in handy. LOL


            • Mitch
              Mitch commented
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              I barely squeaked by in math because unlike today we couldn't use calculators

          • #8
            I'll have to write this one down.....or copy and paste.


            • Mitch
              Mitch commented
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              Phil it's also in the tech section (chassis) under the driveability and and tips thread

          • #9
            A few years ago I posted this on **** ****, But I explained it with a lot of detail and pictures. There was quite a lot of responses. I used the same screen name. sphanna


            • #10
              here is the over detailed picture of what I did.
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              • #11
                I used a match book cover, but can't find them around much now
                Life is what happens on the way to what you planned


                • #12
                  Heh, before I had my own set of feeler gauges, I used the end flap off the points box!
                  You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


                  • #13
                    I once set a guys points by eye when his car stopped running. He did not tighten the lock screw and the points closed. He thought he had vapor lock. Several years later if found out it was not touched since I set them.


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