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Old 06-17-2014, 03:03 PM
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Hunty and simplyconnected. Thank you for your help. As per Hunty first thing i did this morning was replace the condensor. Sure enough that was the problem. Almost a week of headaches and agravation for a $6.00 part which I suspected but I didnt think of replacing because it was new just 2 weeks. I will leave my distributor where it is. I am sure someone in the past had a reason for installing it that way and just tuned it to that tower. I am a happy camper. Thanks guys.
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No worries mate, yeah I spent half a day a few hours from my house trying to fix it, and we had two other guys who where mechanics.
I wouldn't worry about your firing order, mine was wrong according to the manual pics but when a pulled the rocker cover everything lined up with number one(just not "one" on the dizzy).
I don't know about the state's but here I had to buy another one later on as the first one was the wrong one, I had to buy one to suit same model truck as there was no listing for the cars.
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If your condenser was bad you had no spark at all. It would have helped if you mentioned that.

Even so, I hope you get your distributor right because it does make a difference. Right now, your rotor is not sitting in front of a spark plug tower when the spark happens. You may see this if you look inside the cap; carbon will trail one edge of each tower electrode. This promotes a carbon track.

Glad to hear you got your spark back. - Dave
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If your condenser was bad you had no spark at all. It would have helped if you mentioned that.

Even so, I hope you get your distributor right because it does make a difference. Right now, your rotor is not sitting in front of a spark plug tower when the spark happens. You may see this if you look inside the cap; carbon will trail one edge of each tower electrode. This promotes a carbon track.

Glad to hear you got your spark back. - Dave
Sorry but i've got to disagree with you here, mine had spark still, both out of the coil and number one plug. It was just so weak it wouldn't fire, it would try but I'd only get a pop, we all thought it was carb related at first.
Good to hear you got it running again.
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Dave,
Actually I did have a spark. I menined that on my original post but I guess it was weak, but I thought a spark is a spark.. lesson learned. And yes I will eventually get that distributor fixed, right now I am just glad she is running. Thank you again.
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Sorry but i've got to disagree with you here, mine had spark still, both out of the coil and number one plug. It was just so weak it wouldn't fire, it would try but I'd only get a pop, we all thought it was carb related at first.
Good to hear you got it running again.
It's healthy to disagree mate, that's how we learn from each other.

If I don't see and hear that pretty blue, 'snap' coming from a spark plug, gapped at ~.030", I consider that 'no spark at all'. Orange colored spark doesn't do it, either.

I have seen where coil polarity was reversed for years, giving substandard spark. Just because it works does not mean it is right, but it's hard to argue with success.

Ultimately, the owner will do what he wants. After all, it is his car and his money. All I can do is suggest correct procedures based on the Shop Manual. - Dave
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Hi all you fe gurus I thought I'd ask here instead of starting another thread. What's the best fe to get, I can get a ribbed cobra jet block.
Would this be better in the long run or am I better to get a normal lateish 390 block. Aren't the cobra jet block not drilled for hydraulic cams? The bloke that has the engine reakons the ribbed blocks can be bored 80thou, which would give me a 410?
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If you don't want a 390, get a 427. They use the same crank.
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If you don't want a 390, get a 427. They use the same crank.
What's a 427 worth, over in the states. all the complete ones here are $10000. Hence the reason for the 390 I may be able to afford one lol
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