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Old 05-09-2002, 05:04 PM
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I installed a new manifold on my 350. Now it will turn over but isn't getting any spark. I have made sure it was at top dead center but it still just turns over. Somebody told me it was my coil but my coil was fine before and looks brand new.


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Old 05-09-2002, 05:24 PM
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Turn the distributor 180 degrees and try again.
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Another poss. is you are way slow on timing. If you have been turning the dist. and nothing has happend,no back-fires or anything and you know that you have fuel I would check to see if you are getting voltage to the ignition.
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You have to start with the basics. What type of ignition system are you using. Points or HGI or something else. Most coils can be tested by hooking a hot 12v line to the + side then take a wire from the - side and momentarily touch it to ground the coil should arc to ground don't hold the coil while doing this. unless you like a thrill.
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check to see if you have fire to your coil, get you a 12 volt light, you can make one out of a old light plug socket, unless you have a test light, hook it to the positive wire to your coil hot wire, black to a ground turn key on if it lights up you have juice to the coil then you know its in between coil to plugs(wrenchturner) just a suggestion Is this points or electronic dist.?

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Well, before you start doing a lot of radical stuff, just remember you may just have gotten the distributor a tooth off one way or another. It wouldn't be the first time someone (like me) has done this. You may find that moving all of the plug wires one plug up or down in the firing order "fixes" the problem. If it does, then you are about a tooth off in timing. Good luck!
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Lets analyze this one step at a time. You said you have no spark. Find out why. You can test the coil by simply breaking the contact at the coil. If you don't get spark straight out of the coil, it isn't going to go into the distributor. The distributor only puts spark at a place in time that you designate, so no spark in, none out. If you have spark at the coil, then put a timing light on the spark plug wires to make sure that they are firing. If they are, then look at your timing as the source of failure to start. If you work through all these steps and it still is not starting, or it is backfiring and not running, then come back here and we will talk you through timing it. Don't go from won't start to pulling the distributor out and starting from scratch.
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Thanks a lot for all the replies.

I realized that i didn't connect the ground that I was for sure gonna remember to connect (hahaha not funny).

Another funny story is that when it started i see a fountain in the engine bay from the drivers seat. OIL OIL EVERYWHERE!! Turns out theres a place my friend didn't plug and i thought I struck oil.

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