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Old 09-15-2010, 06:51 PM
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car dies in park and wont stay started in gear

my car keeps dying in park and in gear. it sounds like it misses to me so i assume it needs to be retimed but i have been told it doesnt need to be by people more experienced than me. Could you give me an idea of what the problem might be?

The car is a 72 nova with 327 that was rebuilt last year. most everything else is stock.

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This sound like something that just happened to me yesterday after i pulled into my driveway. What happened was i was adjusting my timing and when i tightened the distributor retainer bolt i turned the distributor just slightly and it wouldn't idle. So basically, just play with your timing a little until you get it to start, idle, and drive like it should.
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I just time by ear were it runs best. Making sure it don't ping when I stand on it and starts on one click warm and doesn't kick back on the starter.
Not the ideal method but works for a mild street motor.Would not use this method on a $10K race motor needless to say.
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Also, make sure there is no hesitation when you give it gas, that's how you'll know you're timing is pretty close to perfect.
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i have been told it doesnt need to be by people more experienced than me.
So, what exactly do the "people more experienced than you" suggest to cure your problem?
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it can never hurt to check and make sure it's alright.
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Alright I will play with the timing and see how it goes. They keep telling me I have to drive the car so I can know what the problem is.
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Get it running good in park then drive it and adjust accordingly. You can probably get it pretty dam close to perfect without driving it at all though.
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hey thanks big dog that worked pretty good i adjusted the distributor and got the car to stay started in park and in gear but it is still very sluggish and dies if i am not gentle on the gas. i have played with the distributor and it doesnt seem to help. i was reading about some of the problems it could be and have found the distributor could be a tooth off, and carb problems, vaccum problems. what is your opinion?
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Have you checked your spark plugs to see if they are not fouled?
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i checked the spark plugs and wires and nothing seems out of the ordinary
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Are all the vac lines good or plugged off if not used? How good are the spark wires etc? You said it's rebuilt so can we assume everything is new? New carb?

Does it die when you accelerate? Will it stay running if you are easy on the throttle?

Float levels good, good fuel pressure, good gas?

You really need to know the timing. Could be a simple fix if you're off by a few degrees idle timing

did it ever run good and just start going wacky?
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