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  • Mrs K Corbin
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    That's ok. I got a $50 Tow once in the middle of the night, because of that stupid little wire in the distributor. It happened to be the ONLY wire that I hadn't replaced during the restoration.... Now I keep a spare.

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  • S2Deluxe
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    Originally posted by 57studechampion View Post
    The last problem that I discovered after talking to some older mechanics to watch the direction of the rotor button as I turn the engine over by hand. To my surprise the rotor turned counter clockwise and I had the cap wired clockwise with the firing order. I changed that put gas in carb and there you have it.
    This is one of Studebaker's unique peculiarities, the gear driven cam rotates in the opposite direction of the crank, unlike all other engines that use timing chains. Almost everyone does this the first time they replace spark plug wires on a Stude. At least I know I did!

    Mark

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  • tim333
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    I had the same problem recently with my 50 Champion, wire grounded in the distributor.

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  • 57studechampion
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    After life happenings I finally got out to the car again. Following the advise from you guys I pulled the distributor AGAIN and looked very hard at everything. You all were correct it was a grounding issue and a Timing Issue.

    The post that comes out of the side of the distributor has the coil wire on the outside and the points on the inside. Well not being a mechanic it took a while for me to see but there is suppose to be an insulator on the inside and outside so that the two wires are not contacting the distributor. I didn't have one so I made a temporary one out of a small piece of cardboard and a thin piece of plastic like a soda bottle. I tested it and still not starting but had fire at the plugs.

    The last problem that I discovered after talking to some older mechanics to watch the direction of the rotor button as I turn the engine over by hand. To my surprise the rotor turned counter clockwise and I had the cap wired clockwise with the firing order. I changed that put gas in carb and there you have it.

    I will always keep checking here for more info.

    FYI. I have ordered the correct parts from SI and should get them this weekend.
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