what is the gap size for points

Eric Trujillo
0

Asked by May 08, 2013 at 09:37 AM about the 1961 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

7 Answers

According to: http://www.tpocr.com/thunderbird.html the points gap for all engines in 1961 T~Birds is 0.17"

oldtimer37
4,135

Use a 0.017-inch (0.43 mm) gauge for standard 390ci

tennisshoes
74,035

Please check your distributor shaft for any play side to side as this will change the setting as the engine runs, it could cause a misfire, if the shaft has too much wobble replace the distributor.

oldtimer37
4,135

Tennisshoes is right about shaft wobble but replacement is not required. Just have it re-bushed. It is hard to find those old (45-50yr) distributers. Another answer would be to convert to electronic ignition. I have the factory option on one of my 65's and I never have a problem. there are some third party units available

tennisshoes
74,035

You are right oldtimer25 I don't know what I was thinking, I've even converted many distributors over myself, it is a really easy operation too, and it does away with points that are no longer made very good. Thanks for getting my head out of the Monday morning fuzzies.

Tracy Hooks
20,755

Back in the old days, the gap was the same as a matchbook cover - .017". Setting the dwell is a better way to do it but either works. I'm with these guys - go electronic unless it's a Concourse restoration.

oldtimer37
4,135

Even with a Concourse restoration, if you can find the original Ford electronic distributer like I have on mine it is still factory numbers. That is why I spent 5 months searching for this one. It is on a 65 Special Landau. Good luck, everyone has given you good leads..

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Thunderbird

Looking for a Used Thunderbird in your area?

CarGurus has 1,123 nationwide Thunderbird listings starting at $5,995.

ZIP:

Search Ford Thunderbird Questions

Ford Thunderbird Experts

#1 oldtimer37
oldtimer37
Reputation 1,370
#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,370
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 1,070
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Corvette"
429 Great Deals out of 19,113 listings starting at $2,499
Used Chevrolet Impala"
862 Great Deals out of 33,053 listings starting at $1,300
Used Ford Galaxie"
117 listings

Used Cars For Sale

2005 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
78 listings starting at $7,500
2004 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 149 listings starting at $7,998
2003 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 148 listings starting at $5,995
2002 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
17 Great Deals out of 322 listings starting at $6,995