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Old 07-24-2010, 01:24 PM
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My son and I purchased a 79 Camaro and a separate engine in which both were running. Upon installing the second engine 350/ Alum Heads/ HEI Distributor/ simese block / a new engine harness / and various other beauty into the camaro, it started up for a couple months until it stopped turning over. I have a ground from the block to the frame and have tested ALL components of the distributor individually. I believed the ignition module to be faulty so I replaced it and was ready to hear her rumble again.......NO LUCK! All it does is crank, it does not to turn over. PLEASE HELP before I give in and take her to a full fledged mechanic to fix.

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Old 07-24-2010, 05:51 PM
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If i read and understand your post correctley the engine turns over with the starter but does not start... right. First look in the carb and open the throttle and look for the spray from the carb accelerator pump. That would be a quick presumtive to wether it has fuel. Next unfasten the ring that holds all the plug wires at the distributor and lift it just enough to see the posts, then crank the starter and you should see a lot of sparking goin on.If you dont then post your findings and we can continue... latech
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79camaroguy,

If this is the stock HEI take the rotor out and look for a burn through right in the middle of the rotor. Look at the back side and you should find a black spot. These things do this all the time. Replace the rotor and you should be good to go.

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scholman is right. I forgot about that. very common problem. Good lookin out
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did you check see if you have spark ? i've found some time module goes out it takes out coil to! or you saying it dont turn over when you try to crank it?
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