I have a 1977 manual transmission ford pickup V8 that ran when I
parked it last fall but had a curious problem going on then. Until it
was warmed up (while idling or going down the road), the engine would
occasionally die. It would immediately restart and continue on until
it was well warmed up and then seemed to run okay. I thought it might
be a choke problem but the choke appeared to be okay anytime I
visually inspected it. I also changed the fuel filter but never have
run a fuel pressure test on the pump to date.
It hasn't run all winter and when I tried to start it the other day,
it wouldn't start - cranked great, just no fire. Since it didn't have
any spark as I turned it over with a near grounded spark plug wire but
did have power at the + side of the coil when the key was on (as shown
on my test light), I replaced the coil hoping that might explain the
intermittent problem I'd been having last year and correct the no
starting problem. After changing the coil, I still no spark as I look
for an ark with a plug wire near ground and the engine cranking so am
wondering if something is wrong in the ignition module. I'd hoped to
just find points and a condenser but not so, so my search continues.
Does anyone know how to check that module without having to throw some
big bucks into a module replacement on this year of ford?
thanks very much for any help,