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Old 10-08-2003, 07:28 PM
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Rebuilt engine won't start

I rebuild the sbc 350 in my 82 el camino, but can't get it to start.

As far as i can figure its not getting any spark but i have no idea why, it turns over fine and everything is hooked up as it was before as far as i can remember.

My brother in laws dad said he had the same problem and his ignition module was bad, but i don't see what the two have to do with each other.

So what do you professionals think?

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Old 10-08-2003, 07:58 PM
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All it takes is a Zap of static electricity and you can fry the ign parts, it happens!
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Check everything carefully to make sure all your settings are correct. BE CAREFUL NOT TO CRANK THAT ENGINE TOO MUCH OR YOU RISK DAMAGING YOUR NEW CAM, (.[COLOR=red]you did install a new cam with your rebuild, correct?[/COLOR]). Cam manufacturers all recommend a break-in to prevent cam failure and caution against excessive cranking on a newly installed cam. If things are set up correctly your engine should fire up immediately.
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Many years ago I asked how much to rebuild my engine. He said around $3000 I said the other engine rebuilders quoted me around $1600. He said this there is a 1000 ways of rebuilding and engine. But only 0ne correct way. The correct way costs much more. So it seems you rebuilt it like the 1000 ways. Take it to a pro and see what they say.
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It has the same cam as before so it doesn't need broken in.


Theres nothing wrong with the rebuild. The problem is i'm not getting any spark and i don't know why. I didn't even open the distributor except when trying to set timing.
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Have you checked for 12 volts at the Dist plug in with the big pink or red wire with the key on? O, i guess you have a HEI dist? if you have power have ignition Mogul tested, if OK try the coil, the pickup coil rarely go bad.
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