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loafing1 04-10-2011 07:31 PM

Has spark & turns but won't start (won't even fire)
Hello -
Engine turns over but never fires.

Engine is a 350 sbc with edelbrock intake and dual edelbrock fours. MSD electric distributor and MSD blaster coil. Has sat in attached garage over winter - past 4.5 months. Put plenty of Stabil in last year and ran car for a while afterward. Have done nothing - no adjustments on engine since storing. Started fine last Fall.

Checked #1 cylinder spark plug and it's firing/sparking. Carbs are pumping fuel - I can see this in the carbs, fuel pressure gauge reads positively and spark plugs all have some gas on them and smell like fuel (after so much trying to start).

I don't know what else to try as I have always thought fuel + spark should at least fire and try to start. At this point my next step is shooting carb cleaner and starting fluid down the carb.

Thoughts? Suggestions?


Tim the Tool Man 04-10-2011 08:41 PM

You could try this
Try pulling all the spark plugs and give each cylinder 2 or 3 squirts of oil. You may have washed down the cylinder walls and don't have enough compression to fire up. Might not hurt to replace the plugs also if they are really wet.

loafing1 04-12-2011 07:50 PM

Plugs were fouled a bit. Just replaced them and increased the gap a bit from where the old ones were at as they were at about the minimum recommended. Combined with blowing out the cylinders from probably flooding it the first attempt, it started up better than last year.

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