1953-1960 Classic Car Engines Troubleshooting Guide: Engine Won't Start Due to Grounded Primary Ignition Circuit
Things to Look For:
A grounded coil primary winding, a grounded ignition switch, or a grounded switch-to-coil primary lead will cause excessive current flow and will usually cause wires to burn.
Ignition points not opening due to improper adjustment.
- Ignition points not opening due to worn rubbing block on breaker arm.
Faulty insulating bushing in breaker arm.
Cracked or faulty insulator at distributor primary terminal.
Distributor-to-coil lead grounded.
Primary coil winding grounded.
The Complete Guide to Troubleshooting 1953-1960 Era American Classic Car Engines