my newly aquired junker (needs a lot of work) has stopped me already on day 1. seems as though i have no spark out of the coil.there is power at both terminals on the coil which i think is odd. isnt 1 terminal positive and the other ground ? there labeled that way, yet there is power at both. the positive terminal has from what i assume is ignition power and the other goes into the distributor. tried with not like but similar coil with no change. any help would be appreciated, summer is coming!!! thank u
The fact that you have voltage at both terminals proves that the internal wiring of he coil is as it should be. Voltage is applied to the (+) terminal of the coil, travels through the internal wiring, then exits via the (-) terminal.
The negative (-) side of the coil does not go directly to ground (unless you have a desire to blow the coil up). That wire would connect to the ignition points. There may also be a "Gray" wire that would lead to a tachometer connection.
Let us know what you find.
Clean, then set the points so that on the high lobe, a .020 gauge will pass thru but a .022 will not.