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Had the engine running, then sat several weeks while I was working on other things. When I went to restart it, nothing. I discovered the distributer cap was damaged, so replaced that. Then must have done something because it wouldn’t restart. Yesterday I had the coil and four very old coils tested. All tested bad. It it possible to ruin a coil, if so how?

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Well , one way is to leave the key on without the engine running and with points closed .  
but that usually leaves an indicator that it happened, oil or other filler will get hot, leak out and be visible. 
sorta unlikely on that many.   

two questions:

how were they tested and fail numbers?

have you inspected and/or cleaned the points as it’s common for them to oxidize after long disuse

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