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Old 07-18-2010, 08:20 PM
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Olds 455 stalling when driving

I have an Olds 455 in my Bonneville that have been giving me fits since I got it running two years ago. The latest issue is stalling. I took my car out for a drive one night, a joy ride for about 20 miles or so. I was driving very conservatively and not getting into the throttle much at all. After about 15 minutes of crusing the engine lost power and stalled. After I parked I couldn't get it started for about 5 minutes or so. Once back on the road it stalled again a couple of minute later. This happend four times until I finally made it home.
I'm think that heat has something to do with it since the engine will restart after a few minutes of cool-down time. I had the carb (Holley 770cfm) and intake off recently to change a broken pushrod. During reinstallation i used a gasket sealant on both mating surfaces and a new gasket for the carb. I have a Holley heat shield kit with a thick spacer inbetween the carb and intake as well.
The engine is very hard to start cold but once it gets warmed up it runs pretty good. I never had it stall when in the garage, only when I'm out driving. Anyone have any ideas on what this could be???

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If you're running an HEI distributor, my first guess would be a bad ignition module.
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Old 07-20-2010, 02:19 AM
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yup, thats what i was going to say. had an old jeep that used to do the same thing. changed dizzy, all the wires, everything and it wasnt until i bought a new coil when it stopped. the coil was just going bad, (or was bad already).
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Thanks guys! I put the distributor from my 307 in and it started and ran great. I can't drive it though beacause it is computer controled and I have no advance.
My Accel Dist is just 1 year old!!! I don't see how it could crap the bed so quickly.
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