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Spark issues... Won't start (72 w/ ZX dizzy)

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We had the car running before we pulled the engine to replace a gasket and the cam. Today, after reinstalling, the car won't start. After cranking, it seems like it wants to start for a couple seconds. We pulled a plug and tried to get it to spark (after confirming we had fuel), but it didn't spark until AFTER we let off cranking.

I plan on installing a spare points dizzy to see if somehow the ignition module was damaged, but we've done a lot of wire elimination earlier. Basically, the only wires to the interior go to the ignition switch and the tach. Again, the car started with the same setup previously; the only known change was a new gasket and cam.

If anyone has any input or ideas, please let me know where to start looking, as electrical is not my forte.

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Could you have hooked up the two wires to the ignition module backwards?

The negative side of the coil goes to the terminal that forms the "top" of the T formation, and the positive side goes to the "post" of the T. If you had them backwards the coil would only fire when you turned the ignition off I think.

I am going to assume that you have checked that the plug wires are all in the right place and all of that.

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Triple checked the plug wires. I tried wiring the E12-80 both ways; no dice. Tried the points dizzy I had, no spark.

Did a couple tests with a multimeter, though. found that both sides of the ignition coil are receiving a (+) 12V to both wires that terminate at the coil (?), so I'm thinking there's a short somewhere, unless that's how it's supposed to be

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