Originally Posted by bobber
thanks would that stop the power to the plugs? the only thing i have done is remove the wires on the back of the switch and now i have nothing to the points but my coils get warm if the key is on i have the headlight anf tail light wire together the brake light and points boxs together along with the battery then the coil on its own .. dose that sound about right to you ?
The points never really have power going to them, it is just power passing through the coil that shows up on the points only when the points are in the open position, you should have power going to one side of the coil and the when the points close it sends a ground signal to the coil causing a spark to come out of the secondary side of the coil.
If your coil is getting hot then you have both power and a ground from the points on that coil.
Get yourself a $5 test light and trace everything out with that. put a piece of paper between the points so they can't ground out and you will likely find everything has got power. if your points are dirty then that may be why you are not getting spark, it could be a bad plug wire or even a bad spark plug.
and when you finally get tired of all the problems with a points ignition, scrap all that crap and put a Pazon electronic ignition in there and never have any more problems again.