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Old 09-24-2010, 05:49 PM
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Shuts off in gear

I got my 350 running today. Reset the lash, got the dist right, timing is at 11 deg BTDC. It starts and idles but as soon as I put it in gear it shuts off. What should I be looking at?

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Update: I tried increasing the idle but no matter how high I took it the engine would shut off in gear. Next I advanced the timing and got it to keep running in gear. As part of the fix this week I removed the dist then reinstalled it. Could it be that I am off a tooth or 2 so the timing I am seeing with the light is not accurate? It feels under powered at this point, like on the interstate it gets to higher RPM's but feels like it has no power. Making way more noise than HP I am getting back.
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Maybe the torque converter has a lockup problem stalling the engine.Just a thought
Is it EFI? Factory or aftermarket? and what trans do you have?
Are all your ground wires in place?
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It's a 65 Chevelle with a 350 that was just rebuilt. The 350 has a carb.
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Sounds like alittle of both JMO. What carb are you running now ? You might want to check the float levels and then do alittle tuning on the carb itself.
And re-check the timing to see exactly were you are at there, JMO
When you adjusted the valves if it's laboring they might be a tad to tight.
And what distributer are you running also.
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Post some specs about the cam (if you know), torque converter, carb, ignition system (is it msd or similar ?)

In general, a too low idle timing will kill it in gear. Anything other than a stock engine usually needs more than 12' idle timing. 18-26' at idle is not uncommon on modified engines. Also, is the carb new and tuned? Out of tune carb will stall. If the idle mixture screws are too lean (too far in), you can stall in gear. Usually another 1/2 turn outwards can fix that

Vacuum leaks anywhere?

As posted, a torque converter with too low of a stall kills it too. Stall has to match the motor requirements.
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You sure you haven't got it timed to #6 plug instead of #1?

Check this video out and see if you got it right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ixfDRbAr2E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ixfDRbAr2E

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