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Old 12-21-2003, 12:06 AM
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Distributor?

I have a 81 Buick Regal that came with a V6, I recently swapped in a Chevy 305 from a 1980 Camaro and a TH350 tranny. The engine ran great before I took it out so all parts were fine. When I got the engine in I couldn't get any spark. I tested to see if I was getting any power/fire into the distributor and I was; after several weeks of sitting back and laughing my grand father came over and put a different distributor in and the car started right up. The distributor he took out had 2 pig tails coming from under the cap while the new one only has 1 pigtail coming from under the cap. Can any of you please tell me why this distibutor worked and the other didn't. Or whould either style work?

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Old 12-21-2003, 08:23 AM
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did you by any chance crank your 305 over with two of more plug wires off? people often do this for what ever reason when working with a new engine. it burns up the banana clip in the distributor. just thinking its a possibility.
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Old 12-21-2003, 08:31 AM
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The two pigtail dist was probably one of the early GM remote controlled units, CCS is what they were called, these were common in pickup trucks in 80-84, they require the correct controll box and all the wires connected. Quite a few of them died in stock form and were replaced with the earlier units.
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