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Points Gap

Postby JerryM » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:24 pm

hi, i'm trying to find out what the correct point gap is. I cleaned them and set them to .017 today and now cub won't start.

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Re: Points Gap

Postby Dale Finch » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:26 pm

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Re: Points Gap

Postby tmays » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:45 pm

Dale Finch wrote:I'm pretty sure it's .020

Correct
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Re: Points Gap

Postby john2189 » Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:03 pm

Distributor .020”

Mag. .013”
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Re: Points Gap

Postby BigBill » Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:02 am

If you used sandpaper turn the paper around and fold it so the smooth side is out in both halves then run the paper through the points again. The grit can get stuck in the contacts and the points won’t touch. Using a point file is recommended. But I carry a small piece of sand paper in my wallet just Incase.

We got stuck one night after closing the bars in nyc. We were at a toll booth in s 58 Chevy. We filed the points with a match book cover it worked.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.

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Re: Points Gap

Postby Frozenstate » Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:49 am

I used to set the gap with a matchbook when you didn't have feeler gauges. It would get you going in a pinch. Now to think, both points and matches are a thing of the past.
My head is full of outdated knowledge. Harddrive is full though, so now I have to delete some memory to learn anything new.

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Re: Points Gap

Postby KETCHAM » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:19 am

gap plugs with a dime........don't have a dime use two nickels!!!!! KETCHAM
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Re: Points Gap

Postby Waif » Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:22 am

BigBill wrote:If you used sandpaper turn the paper around and fold it so the smooth side is out in both halves then run the paper through the points again. The grit can get stuck in the contacts and the points won’t touch. Using a point file is recommended. But I carry a small piece of sand paper in my wallet just Incase.

We got stuck one night after closing the bars in nyc. We were at a toll booth in s 58 Chevy. We filed the points with a match book cover it worked.


I've used a dollar bill...
A matchbook cover thickness was a crude .035 (?) for points on a Ford I had.

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Re: Points Gap

Postby JerryM » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:02 pm

all right, heres the deal. Cub hasnt been run in almost two years due to leaky carb. however, it did run great at the time. Repaired carb, started tractor, drove it around front of the house, shut it off and pressure washed it. Thats when it decided it didn't want to start again. Since then, I've cleaned the points and set the gap to .020, pulled all the plugs, cleaned them and set the gap to .023. Cub now starts and runs good. However, it seems to be lacking in power. It is improving the more I run it. I know this because at first, it didn't have power enough to run in 3rd gear, now it does. But still seems weak. Any idea what could be causing this ?

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Re: Points Gap

Postby Eugene » Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:16 pm

My two guesses.

1) Ignition system still wet from power wash.
2) Ignition timing off. Static time or use timing light.
I have an excuse. CRS.

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Re: Points Gap

Postby JerryM » Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:50 am

Thanks Eugene, it most definitely was the ignition timing. Cub it doing so much better now.


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