As the car is running on points ( was running ) has the condenser been changed ? , lot of crap ones about
Hi I have not changed the condenser or the points. Anthony cleaned them and checked the gap which was spot on. There is a spark at the plugs. Should I still change the condenser please?
If you have a spark at the plugs (preferably all of them) that would tend to suggest the points and condenser, along with the coil cap, rotor arm and leads, are all doing their job.
For the car to run, you need spark, fuel, compression and timing. You have a spark and unless you or Anthony have messed up badly, you should have a semblance of timing. Since it has BEEN running well recently, we can tentatively exclude loss of compression. That only leaves a fuel system problem to cure.
With one proviso! If you are getting a spark at the plugs when cranking, that does not exclude the possibility of a ballast failure, since the ballast is bypassed during cranking. IMO the most satisfactory test, is to turn the engine by hand till the points are visibly open, then, with ignition on, put an earthed test light on the end of the moving contact arm of the points. If it lights, the ballast is OK, if it doesn't the ballast is duff. Seemples! Do this BEFORE you start out out on a fuel system witch-hunt! 95% of all "fail to run" events are ignition failures of one sort or another.