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Old 03-26-2012, 09:50 AM
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Engine wont start

Pulled my HEI to do a little work and now I have it back on but I forgot to mark it so I had to go back through and find TDC, set the distributor in and now I canít get it to start. I have some pretty nice 1'-2' flames coming out the headers but the backfires arenít very loud, either way I am definitely getting fuel and spark. The engine ran fine before I pulled the distributor but now it's not even making a small sputter like itís trying to start or anything. Anyone have an idea what could be my problem? I have heard a lot of being 180 degrees off but what exactly does that mean, if that is my problem anyway.


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Old 03-26-2012, 10:27 AM
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Sounds like thats what youve got. Distributer turns half speed of crankshaft, so you are 180 out. Set dist. to #1 fire on COMPRESSION stroke. Pull #1 plug out and have a buddy bump it over as you put your finger over the hole. As piston comes up you will feel a pop as compression builds. Then turn slowly and as the mark comes to the line, thats # 1 compression, thats where you want the rotor to be positoned on the cap, at that terminal in the distributer.
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