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Old 06-08-2008, 03:13 PM
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hei doesn't work when all wires connected

I have an '83 Chevy 1500 with a 305 and automatic trans.

I just installed new head gaskets and now I can't get the thing to start. I suspect the HEI.

After I put the engine back together, the thing sounded like it was turning over slow. I had the battery and the starter checked and both passed. I did, however replace the battery.

The one thing I've noticed is this: If I disconnect the wire that goes in the 'bat' position at the coil, the engine turns over with vigor, but I get no spark (of course).

Also, If I disconnect the four prong connector that comes out the back of the distributor; the engine turns over quickly, but again no spark (and I don't expect any).

It seems like I have everything plugged in where it used to be and where it should be but something's not right and I'm beyond my skills. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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You timing is to far advanced or your wires are out of order. Try turning the distributor a little clockwise and see if it turns better and will start.

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advanced timing

A few days ago I did find a couple wires out of sequence and fixed it.
I turned the cap a little clockwise after reading your post. I did seem like it found a place that cranked a little easier, but didn't fire.

It kind of sounds like WHOOOP WHOOOP WHOOOP.

A little more background: Before posting here I started taking things apart. I took all the belts off to make sure none of the accessories were hanging up.

After that I took the valve covers off to observe the lifters.

That's when I decided to check the distributor, and found the problem I'm having.

I guess I should've put that in my first post. I don't know if that makes any difference in the situation.
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Fixed it

Just an update. I popped the covers off again, turned the crank til TDC on one and checked that the rotor was in the right place. Well, it wasn't.

Put a long screwdriver in and turned the oil pump - boom, it fired. A little fine tuning tomorrow.

Thanks for the help.
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