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Old 02-12-2005, 01:25 AM
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350 Dead In Gear

A couple of weeks ago I took the valve cover off my 350. I found bent push rods, one broken valve spring and a brocken rocker arm. I took the head to discover 3 huge cracks in 2 guides and 2 bent valves. I took the intake off and found a lifter just sitting under it. Well I put 2 new heads on haskets etc. Reassembled the intake and carb. Now I'm not sure if I got the timing correct but anyway here is the problem. I can start the engine but when i go to put it in gear it kinda jumps in drive like its gonna take off but it might be the idling to high. When ever i move it from park to any other gear it dies. In park it is fine. Most times after i put it in gear it and it dies it doesn't want to start up cranks kind of slower. Tonight i finally got it to start back up in neutral. If anyone could give me some trouble shooting I would very much appreciate it.

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Old 02-12-2005, 09:14 AM
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Certainly sounds like a timing issue. Make sure the distributor is in the proper location relative to the cam. You know number one at top dead center. Rotor pointed at number one spark plug and at number one spark plug terminal on the cap. Start the engine adjust timing to factory specs should be ok.

If not Im thinking vacuum leak. Got all the vacuum lines back on in the right spot. Did you hook the vaccum back up after you set the timing?

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Okay So After #1 to TDC, point the V shape of the distributor toward spark plug 1, then point the distributor cap spark toward spark plug 1. Okay after starting it how do I adjust timing to factory specs. Also what are the factory specs for a 350. This 350 is in an 88 suburban converted over to carb. The motor was made in 87. Thanks and sorry if this question is stupid I'm kinda new the trade.
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Setting timing

Remove #1 spark plug. Find #1 TDC by putting your finger in the plug hole and feel pressure building in the cylinder. As the pressure builds the line on the balancer will rotate towards the timing tab on the timing cover. The line on the balancer will be coming out from under the water pump. Align timing mark on balancer with the 10 deg mark on the tab located on the timing cover. The V notch on the tab is zero. Each mark on the tab is 2 deg. So line balancer with the 5th mark towards the water pump on the tab. Replace spark plug. With cap and wires removed. Adjust distributor so it can be turned to the right or left. Place a mark on the distributor body directly under where the rotor is pointing. Lock distributor in this position. Install cap without wires. Insert #1 plug wire in the socket above the mark you put on body. Then insert the remaining wires in the cap in a clockwise direction in the following order. 1, 8, 4, 3, 6, 5, 7, 2. The motor should start. If it sputters and coughs. Loosen distributor lock down bracket. Rotate distributor in a back and forth until it starts. With the vacuum line to the distributor disconnected. Connect a timing light to # 1 plug wire. Set the idle to 1000 rpm. Watch where the light flickers on the balancer. The line on the balancer should be in line with the 10 deg mark when the timing light flickers. If it does not turn distributor back and forth until they are inline. Tighten distributor lock down. Check timing again to make sure you didn't move the timing. Disconnect timing light. Reconnect vacuum line. Set idle to 800 or 900 rpm.
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okay when you go by the firing order 1, 8, 4, 3, 6, 5, 7, 2. 1 would be(when facing engine) the front right spark plug hole in the head. 8 would be the the far back spark plug hole on the left. 4 being the far back hole on the right, 3 being the 3rd hole back on the right and 6 being the second hole back on the left. Is this correct?
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okay when you go by the firing order 1, 8, 4, 3, 6, 5, 7, 2. 1 would be(when facing engine) the front right spark plug hole in the head. 8 would be the the far back spark plug hole on the left. 4 being the far back hole on the right, 3 being the 3rd hole back on the right and 6 being the second hole back on the left. Is this correct?
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okay when you go by the firing order 1, 8, 4, 3, 6, 5, 7, 2. 1 would be(when facing engine) the front right spark plug hole in the head. 8 would be the the far back spark plug hole on the left. 4 being the far back hole on the right, 3 being the 3rd hole back on the right and 6 being the second hole back on the left. Is this correct?
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drivers side from front to back is 1,3,5,7.
Passenger side from front to back is 2,4,6,8.
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