First of all I'm dealing with a 1986 mercruiser 3.0 140 hp. Alpha one gen one. Delco distributor.
I just got done installing new points, condenser, cap wires etc.
I set the points to .022 as per manual.
I then set the dwell at around 32 deg. as per manual. (28-34)
I noticed when I set the dwell I really opened the points up alot. I didn't recheck the gap but was wondering if this is OK?
My gut says yes but it just seems odd.
My boat seems to have a slight miss at WOT.
I was playing with the timing and the idle speed on the lake today until the starter went kaput. So tommorrow a new starter will be here and installed.
It seemed to run good but the starter was dragging so I retarded the timing to get back to shore, that's when the starter took a dump. (it's been dragging a little for a while but I thought maybe battery issues)
I removed the starter and bench tested, it is hit and miss so I ordered a new one.
My thought is maybe because the gap is so wide the points are "floating" at higher rpms. Wide open is reading about 4200 on the boats tach.