I'm trying to replace the breaker point on my 1980 Oldsmobile, trying to fix some spurious misfires and engine stalls.
The car was converted to gasoline in the early nineties or late eighties, engine is a -76 Olds 350.
The breaker is a combined breaker and condenser. Exact model can be seen here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/E-Tron-D1007-Heavy-Duty-Uniset-Contact-Set-Condenser-/110882181642
After replacing the old one with a new of the same make and model I couldn't get any sparks on the sparkplugs. Measuring the capacitor with a multimeter suggested it might be a short in the capacitor. Went back to the shop and got it replaced, same problem. Got it replaced two more times but to no avail. Even ordered one from eBay, same problem.
The old capacitor measures about 600pF, I haven't even been able to get a reading on any of the replacements.
It feels like I'm missing something fundamental, or is it the rest of the world that has gone crazy?