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Old 06-19-2008, 04:47 PM
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It Started!! Yay!!

Hey guys, so I finally got to turning over the key yesterday on my first SBC build. I started the 383 stroker about 2 and a half years ago and yesterday I finally decided to see what would happen. Well it started up almost instantly and sounds AMAZING. I am now adjusting the carb and timing to allow it to idle smooth. For some reason it will die if I bring the ignition timing anywhere below 35 degrees advanced. It is at about 40 degrees advanced right now and seems to idle the smoothest there (no vaccuum advance hooked up yet). Isn't this WAYYYYYYY too much advance?? What should I be setting my idle timing at?? It is so weird because I can't even get below around 35 degrees advanced while it is idling or it will die on me. lease help with any thoughts and/or opinions.

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Old 06-19-2008, 04:53 PM
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Be honest... Did it bring tears to your eyes when it fired up?
Are you sure you are where you think you are as far as timing? I mean what are you going by? Tape? New damper? Pointer?
If it is really way to much advance you will have trouble starting the beast. You may even break a few starter noses off. I know this all to well.
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Hey guys, so I finally got to turning over the key yesterday on my first SBC build. I started the 383 stroker about 2 and a half years ago and yesterday I finally decided to see what would happen. Well it started up almost instantly and sounds AMAZING. I am now adjusting the carb and timing to allow it to idle smooth. For some reason it will die if I bring the ignition timing anywhere below 35 degrees advanced. It is at about 40 degrees advanced right now and seems to idle the smoothest there (no vaccuum advance hooked up yet). Isn't this WAYYYYYYY too much advance?? What should I be setting my idle timing at?? It is so weird because I can't even get below around 35 degrees advanced while it is idling or it will die on me. lease help with any thoughts and/or opinions.

Thanks,
Keith
Sounds like the distributor is off a cylinder.

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Move all the plug wires one hole clockwise at the distributor cap and report back.
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There are two available balancers and two available timing tabs. If you have the wrong balancer/tab combo, you will be way off using a light, even though you can make it idle fine.
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