I'm trying to get a friend's 1980 Cortina 2.3 Ghia running but having real problems with the ignition. It hasn't started for around 10 years but has to be moved now due to the garage space being sold for redevelopment. It ran OK before being put into storage but the garage was broken into a few years back and the car messed about with in an attempt to move it to get at some other goodies.
The engine turns over, (fresh) fuel is getting through, spark plugs are in great shape but the spark seems very weak and it's impossible to start.
The car is fitted with a 'breakerless' distributor (Bosch?). The only information I can find about this part is in the supplement at the end of the Haynes manual. This info is very basic and not very helpful.
When the rotor arm is removed, under a cover is a coil of fine braided wire wound around a nylon(?) reel. The end of this coil is loose and doesn't look right but I've searched everywhere and cannot find any reference to this part to find out how it should look. Maybe I'm using the wrong search terms ?
We were going to change the points and condenser but now we're stumped. The car needs towing about 4 miles and we were hoping to get it started so at least the power steering and brakes would work. It's getting towed this evening - Luckily I'm not getting involved with that (no power steering and crusty brakes with no assistance)!
Hope the car survives. Is anyone familiar with this distributor type. A photo of the coil inside the distributor would be really helpful ?
Thanks in advance for any help