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350 sbc won't start!

Hello I have a 350 sbc in my 66 that has been in storage all winter. The garage it is in is not heated. I go to start it and nothing but popping out the exhaust and carb a little. I had taken all plugs out to do a compression test, but I've double and triple checked the placement of the wires, took the dist cap off, rotor is pointing at #1 at tdc. Checked for spark #1 plug, it's there. Battery is at 12.5 volts. I pumped the pedal to give it enough fuel. I've tried and tried but nothing helps. Just popping out the exhaust, no start. I don't know what to check anymore this thing is driving me crazy! And yes I checked that the dist shaft is not broken when I had the cap off! Wtf is going on here!?! Any help is appreciated, thanks.

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Was is running when you stored it? Sounds like the standard case of having the distributor 180* off.
If you had ethanol fuel when you stored it then your carb may be gunked up.
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Yes it was running fine when I parked it. And no the rotor is pointing at the number one terminal on the dist cap, at 8 degrees tdc compression. It had regular pump gas, and I can see fuel spray out the nozzles when I pump the accelerator pump arm.
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I have the same issue with a fresh engine that's in a car I've been restoring for the past 3 years.

First, the basics, you said you have spark. Is this a points or HEI system? But some spark should be enough to get it to fire. What color is the spark? Next, are you sure your getting fuel? I prefer using a clear fuel filter so that it is obvious that I either have or do not have fuel. The fuel gauge is not an indicator of the carb getting fuel and also a yank or two on the throttle and seeing squirts from the accelerator circuit isn't a guarantee either. What carb do you have?

Get a well charged battery or a charger/jumper cables hooked up. Hold the throttle wide open and spray approximatiely a 1/4 of a can of carb cleaner into the carb - all barrels. Then crank until it fires pumping the throttle lightly at the same time.

FYI-twice I've managed to park my car with it running, and after it sat for an extended period I found it out of gas and doing exactly what you are saying yours is doing. I never put much gas in it because I'm canning it. The gas tank has an open breather and it must evaporate more than I think it would. Also, I started using the carb cleaner method about two years ago and found the inital startup is alot better. It takes less than 10 seconds of cranking for the nailhead to fire up and purr like a Wildcat.

Good luck - Jim

Almost forgot - the choke isn't stuck open is it? That's a cold start killer when it 60 degrees out let alone 10 or 20.

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