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Old 11-15-2010, 11:10 AM
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'69 Chevy C10 Wont Start

OK up until recently i I have been traveling. I Get home and try to srart up my old C10 (Before i left it i changed the oil, and spark plugs and and cleaned the wires) when i get home i take a new battery and place it in the truck. it turns over but refuses to start. i check the oil (it has been sitting for over a year), and the spark plugs (to make sure they are seated properly) I manually choke it, i even pour gas into the carberator to makesure it is getting fuel... nothing. I need some help.

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Getting Spark at the distro? getting fuel at the fuel filter / carb? If you are getting spark, I'd go with the filter replacement etc...
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The '69 had a point type distributor that needs full battery voltage during cranking. Make sure the battery is fully charged.
When an engine has not run for a while the fuel in the carburetor will have evaporated and the fuel in the tank will be degraded. To use this degraded fuel a very good ignition source is needed. If possible remove the old fuel and replace it with fresh fuel.
Add to that the mileage on the engine, whatever that is, can contribute to difficult starting.
Start out by getting some starting spray. It's ether in a spray can but very effective.
While cranking the engine with choke held open spray the ether into the carburetor. If the engine starts continue to spray ether for about 5 seconds. If the engine stumbles spray some more ether. Once the gas fills the carburetor the engine should continue to run.
If the engine does not start it's likely an ignition problem. Check to see if there is spark by pulling one of the plug wires and placing it near metal and crank the engine.
No spark. Post back.

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Try using the old plugs. There have been a few people on here saying that the engine wouldn't start after changing plugs but then they put the old one back in al it ran perfectly. Yes, it's weird, but worth a try.
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OK up until recently i I have been traveling. I Get home and try to srart up my old C10 (Before i left it i changed the oil, and spark plugs and and cleaned the wires) when i get home i take a new battery and place it in the truck. it turns over but refuses to start. i check the oil (it has been sitting for over a year), and the spark plugs (to make sure they are seated properly) I manually choke it, i even pour gas into the carberator to makesure it is getting fuel... nothing. I need some help.
You said you gave it a shot of fuel; nothing happened did not try to do anything? Then I would look at the electrical side of the system. Check the gap on the points, maybe after sitting a year when you tried to start it ground down the wiper and the points are closed and not opening.
If you have a test light or a meter, turn the ignition on and check for voltage at the + side of the coil it is marked with + . Pull a plug out ground it to the block and have some one turn it over, look for a spark.
If you find voltage at the coil + and you do not see a spark then the problem is most likely the points, the cap, rotor, or primary wire from the coil to the cap.

After you cleaned the wires did it run before you left after you worked on it ?
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OK up until recently i I have been traveling. I Get home and try to srart up my old C10 (Before i left it i changed the oil, and spark plugs and and cleaned the wires) when i get home i take a new battery and place it in the truck. it turns over but refuses to start. i check the oil (it has been sitting for over a year), and the spark plugs (to make sure they are seated properly) I manually choke it, i even pour gas into the carberator to makesure it is getting fuel... nothing. I need some help.
if you find you have no spark I wrote a step by step wiki article on troubleshooting points style or simple electronic ignition.

it can be found at this link
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Point's more then likely stuck, Have you checked to see if they are working properly ?


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