This car suffered an engine fire 16 years ago. I think it was a loose fuel line connection at the carb. It was put out with a dry chemical extinguisher and pushed back into the garage where it sat until this past spring, the engine covered in that yellow powder.
Among other damage, the fire burned the points wire right off the dizzy, destroyed the plug wires and ruined the vacuum advance diaphragm. I was hoping to pull it to fix those things and re-gap the dual points, but she ain't coming out.
Working in place, I did manage to run a new wire to the points and clean them up with a bit of sandpaper. We installed some temporary wiring (the factory harness remains compromised by the mouse problem), secondhand plug wires and cap and a borrowed carb. After a pressurized oil injection through the sender hole, then letting the starter spin it over with the plugs out to confirm the engine would build oil pressure, we got her running last night. She woke right up, very inspirational for the owner.
So now I'm hoping we can change out the bad advance unit in place, accept the ignition timing as-is, and postpone distributor extraction for now.
Now we move on to the mouse chewed wires, the clutch master and slave, and the brakes. The plan is to get the car to a drivable condition for this season before she goes down for engine out restoration commencing this winter.