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I installed my original 350 back into my nova that I have been restoring for the past six years. I owned the car for 26 years. I am not sure I have the wiring correct because it won't start. I noticed that on my one try that when I turned the key fully front to start, the engine cranks but it only kicks over when I turn the key almost to the back position where the ignition would be off. Why is this happening? When I check for spark there is none, but there has to be considering it fires when the key is almost at off. The distributor is set at top dead. It is the same mag distributor (Accel) and the same super coil (Accel) as before the resto.
Only thing new is the control module, rotor, cap, and new battery.

Out of the wire harness is a black wire and a yellow wire. The yellow wire is wire nut to a seperate black wire. This black wire goes to the neg on the super coil which also has a green wire that goes to the "C" on the control module.
The black wire out of the harness is wire nut to another black wire that goes to positive on the super coil. The positive on the coil also has a red wire that goes to the "B" connetion on the control module.

The starter has a purple wire that is connected to the right side stud of the solenoid and then there is a yellow wire that also comes down and that is connected to the left side stud of the solenoid. The bigger main wires and the positive battery cable are connected to the center big stud.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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I would start by checking the yellow and blackwires from the harness.If this was a points setup to start with the yellow should be the ignition bypass from the starter. It will be hot when the starter is cranking.Next check the black one from the harness to see if it is powered up in the on position.If this car had an hei in the beginning it would have a big red wire for the distributor or a big pink one like a 12 gauge . check those two wires first to see what you have.I suspect the black wire is the run wire and if it is , it runs through a piece of resistance wire . It would not hook to the negative side of the coil if it is the hot in run wire.So check yellow for hot while cranking and the black for hot in run. If this checks out( Be sure this checks out) hook them together on the coil positive and you should be good to go
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And get rid of the wire nuts. They are trouble. I like to do a linemans twist on two wires and then solder them. If you like shrink wrap just be sure to put it on before you join the wires ( LOL)
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starter problem

Thank you guys for the help. Greatly appreciated! It finally just cranked over. Music to my ears. Nothing like hearing the rumble again. No leaks, no fire. Thanks again.
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