Help with spark gap adjustment

From:  Michael Andrus [SMTP:andrus-at-ccountry-dot-net]
Sent:  Monday, April 13, 1998 1:36 AM
To:  tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
Subject:  Help with spark gap adjustment

I just finished a new coil and asside from an incredibly powerful spark gap discharge, it does not produce anysparks off the secondary.  My question is should the spark gap be able to fire without the capacitor connected?  I think the reason I am getting no output is that the coil is running at 60Hz.  Any how any info you all can provide would be great.  Thanks in advance        Michael Andrus