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Old 03-27-2008, 06:07 PM
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Small Block Starting Issues

So got the 350 in my S-10. Everything finally hooked up, and turned the key . . . nothing but a cranking engine. The motor will crank and crank just fine, but acts like there is no fire. So here is what I did, checked the plugs for spark, got it! Primed the carb with gas, it has it! So I figure spark and gas it should run even if rough. But acts like no fire. Called dad, he is coming over tomorrow to look at it, this is his plan.

1. Check all fuses, and re check my connections. I have power at the coil, and the plug so I don't think this will help. I did touch an accesory wire to the fender and blew out the wiper motor fuse, but I fixed that.

2. He is going to turn the motor until #1 cyl is top dead center on compression stroke. Then take the cap off the distibutor and see if it is under the number one plug. Ok I may have turned the rotor putting the motor in, it was set just fine before we dropped the engine though.

So this is his plan, he thinks my distributor is firing at the wrong time, and not sparking when it should, wrong cylinder at wrong time.

So I see no problems with this. He said since I poured gas in the carb, and can do that, that first we need to get the spark right then worry about the fuel (I thought is may have been a fuel issue). With gas a spark we should get some, even if poor life out of it.

Is there anything else? Does this sound like the right starting point?

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Orville

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Old 03-27-2008, 06:39 PM
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Sounds like a plan.

Is this engine a known good used engine? Or a rebuilt one?

As your father says, "cold timing" is the best place to start. Remove #1 plug, insert finger, have someone bump the starter till your finger gets blown out. Stop cranking. Manually rotate the engine until the mark on the balancer is lined up with "0" on the timing tab. Pull cap and see if the rotor is pointing to the #1 tower in the cap.

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Old 03-27-2008, 07:53 PM
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Yep the engine is good, drove the stock car it came out of before I bought it, watched the guy pull it right there and put it in the back of our truck.

Thanks, hopefully tomorrow we can get it fixed!
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:29 PM
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Pops did it! Came over and within ten minutes it's running great. Set the intial timing to 0, and it started right up. Runs reallly excellent, no need to even adjust anything yet, only drove it around the block, but seems good to go, got a few more things to do before I really drive it, front grill, and light assembly.

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Pops did it! Came over and within ten minutes it's running great.
Isn't it GREAT to have a Father who can help ??

Appreciate it ... now

My Dad used to help me whenever he could ( he was not a mechanic ) but he supported my efforts however he could. I am old enough to be retired now ( and I am ) but I miss my Dad every day ... and wish I could call him and talk to him again. He passed on in 2004 @ 83 years young.
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Isn't it GREAT to have a Father who can help ??

Appreciate it ... now

My Dad used to help me whenever he could ( he was not a mechanic ) but he supported my efforts however he could. I am old enough to be retired now ( and I am ) but I miss my Dad every day ... and wish I could call him and talk to him again. He passed on in 2004 @ 83 years young.
I'll second that thought, my old man passed at age 89 on my 60th birthday. He lit the rodding fire in me when I wasn't much more than a toddler. In tribute I took his old S15 and stuffed a 350 in it. He'd like that, he had just become to infirm to do it himself and I lived too many thousands of miles away to help.

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