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What can cause an intermittent misfire at any RPM which

appears to increase the RPM...
What can cause an intermittent misfire at any RPM which appears to increase the RPM slightly? Have checked compression, leakdown, changed plugs, ohm'd wires, distributor cap, points and condenser are relatively new. Removed spark plug wires one by one without change in intermittency. Has good spark also. FYI: the engine is an Oldsmobile 455cid with 75k miles.
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The ignition coil can be breaking down too. Also, keep in mind that an ohm test and a load test isn't the same. The wires can still have issues. A scope will show you the truth.

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you have to assist us. Also understand that I can't see, smell,
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Did you have any more questions for me at this time?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Hello Ron,
I am not a newby, neither a pro. Just an old school shade tree mechanic and engine builder whom has not worked on an old school engine in many years. So long gone are the timing lights, dwell meters and o'scopes. I am however very familiar with Electrical characteristics of components as a retired Electrical Engineer.
As my description of the problem stated, the RPM glitch didn't go away when removing the plug wires. Also it is interesting the RPM jumps up 50 to 100 RPM and is variable.

Can still be wires ( they're not new or a coil. Coil is most likely.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Right on! I'll replace the coil and wires. Hopefully, one is the cause.

Okay, keep me posted.

Thanks again, Ron

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