Originally Posted by starin
well the car definitely starts and runs, but when i get on the gas it makes a lot of noise and there's really no power. I definitely put the cam gear at 6 o'clock and the crank gear at 12 o'clock. so right now the way i stabbed the distributor is with the rotor pointing at the number one cylinder driver side closest to the radiator and that is where my number one wire goes. Your it should start?
Sound like it is pinging. What kind of noise. Does it sort of sound like marbles rattling in a can.
As stated above, double check the firing order as well.
You could try kicking the timing back a few degrees if you dont find anything. I think you said you said you were starting at 18, go back to 12 or so and see if it gets better