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Old 05-01-2013, 05:58 PM   #36
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Hmm you sure? It took me a while to find mine
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:36 PM   #40
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I would try to hook up the light and try it move the distributor a little and see of you see a mark other wise idk how to make a mark or find one because it has to be just at the right spot or rlse youll still have timing off
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I would try to hook up the light and try it move the distributor a little and see of you see a mark other wise idk how to make a mark or find one because it has to be just at the right spot or rlse youll still have timing off
You can buy a timing tape to go on the balancer. Obviously you need to know zero. Is it painted a bunch? Strip it to bare metal.
You should be able to find zero by getting to TDC on 1 on compression stroke.
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I looked all around the balanced and didn't see much. I went ahead and found the top of the 1 stroke and adjusted the distributor accordingly. Still no combustion. Except for the small fire in my carb. What's that supposed to mean?
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I looked all around the balanced and didn't see much. I went ahead and found the top of the 1 stroke and adjusted the distributor accordingly. Still no combustion. Except for the small fire in my carb. What's that supposed to mean?
How did you adjust it? Backfiring through the carb is a timing issue. It's firing before full compression while the intake valve is still open.
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That means you have to much advance timing turn it the other way. Have some one try to start the car and turn it at the same time it doesnt need much really
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Best I could do was when the 1st cylinder was highest I moved the distributor until it was pointed at 1 spark plug wire. So I would think it's firing after compression. I totally forgot about carburetor adjustment though.
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Best I could do was when the 1st cylinder was highest I moved the distributor until it was pointed at 1 spark plug wire. So I would think it's firing after compression. I totally forgot about carburetor adjustment though.
The timing is not supposed to be at zero. I think the correct timing is 6 degrees or so BTDC.
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Okay then like Travis said ill move it back a tad. I don't think that will solve it though. Maybe some carburetor adjustment will help
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Okay then like Travis said ill move it back a tad. I don't think that will solve it though. Maybe some carburetor adjustment will help
The carb has nothing to do with it. It's firing in the cylinder and blowing up through the intake valve and through the carb.
It's clearly getting spark and fuel. Have you double checked the wires are in the correct firing order?
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Oh I see. My wires are in order since I just replaced them
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Oh I see. My wires are in order since I just replaced them
Double check them and adjust the timing a slight bit.

Also the distributor on a 289 rotates counterclockwise, that's important.
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The piston comes to the top twice per cycle, compression and exhaust. You said the distributor never came out but it sounds like you might be 180 deg off. Make sure you are at TDC on the compression stroke. If you put your finger over the hole you will feel pressure when it's on compression (hand turn the engine only!). You can put a pencil in the plug hole and watch it go up and down as you hand turn the engine to find the top of the piston stroke.
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Loosened all the rockers and it started. Now I gotta get it running smooth. Thanks all for the help
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Glad to hear you got it running
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Glad to hear you got it running
Ditto. Good news.
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OKay back to square one. I'm about to give up and somehow have someone look at it. I adjusted the distributor and made it run pretty smooth but idle was SUPER high. So I left it like that for a night and came back to no more starting.
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Ok how sure are you that the cam is timed properly if it off by one tooth it can cause problems and possibly that backfire you were having earlier because its not closing the valve soon enough or opening it too soon and you could lose your compression and then you wouldnt have any fire.
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Like I said earlier the best I could do was make sure I'm at TDC and pointing around 6 degrees before. I've done that twice
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Yeah but if your cam timing is off then your ignition timinh will be off whether you have it at 6ยบ btdc then its not actuallu if the cam is off because your ignition timing goes off your cam right so I would check that
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Like I said earlier the best I could do was make sure I'm at TDC and pointing around 6 degrees before. I've done that twice
You need a timing light and it running at idle to set the timing.
Did you just loosen the valves or did you completely adjust them from the beginning. Be careful you don't add to the original problem. Loosening them may have allowed the intake to be closed and get compression and run, but that would not fix a timing issue.
You might adjust the distributor as if it was new and double check that its in the right position then readjust all of the valves as if they're new also.
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