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Re: statring 216 after rebuild [Re: Bob R] #1181405
Tue Sep 06 2016 05:18 PM
Tue Sep 06 2016 05:18 PM
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Howies551Ton  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 136
Gleichen/CalgaryAlberta
Jerry's way is the correct way to set ign. timing.
I like his posts as he is just like my favorite shop teacher back in 63. A retired Air Force mechanic that was very understanding but did not take any guff!!
But I usually do as so many here have suggested just pull #1 plug.
Listen for the compression to build then confirm the rotor is pointing to under number one plug wire in the cap. Remember that all pistons are at TDC twice but only once on the compression stroke. You need TDC #1.

You can have it running, just recheck the fundamentals.



1 1955 Chev one ton. 261 engine

3 1962 Chev c-10 261 engine
4 1966 Plymouth VIP 5.7 GenIII Hemi
5 1966 Imperial Crown Coupe 440 engine
Re: statring 216 after rebuild [Re: Bob R] #1181408
Tue Sep 06 2016 05:49 PM
Tue Sep 06 2016 05:49 PM
2-Ton  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 3,436
Mokane ,Mo.
I agree with Jerry's way.
Don't seal the valve cover after a rebuild until it is running right and all the valves are adjusted.
Then you can do a for certain distributor placement.
Then fine time it, after it's running.

Don


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

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'46 2-Ton grain truck
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Re: statring 216 after rebuild [Re: Bob R] #1181429
Tue Sep 06 2016 10:19 PM
Tue Sep 06 2016 10:19 PM
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53Cowboy  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 338
Northeast - MA
My valve cover has never been sealed. A 216 pumps little oil and I have never had a leak on top.

Re: statring 216 after rebuild [Re: Bob R] #1181467
Wed Sep 07 2016 02:58 AM
Wed Sep 07 2016 02:58 AM
truckernix  Offline
Master Gabster
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 8,826
Bracebridge Ontario Canada
Both my 216s pump all kinds of oil up top. I have quite a time trying to keep them sealed up.


1951 GMC 1 Ton Flatbed -- It is finally on the road and what a great time I have driving it!
1951 1 Ton Completed


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Re: statring 216 after rebuild [Re: Bob R] #1181589
Wed Sep 07 2016 11:26 PM
Wed Sep 07 2016 11:26 PM
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Bob R  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: Nov 2015
Posts: 23
MO
Thanks to all of you "shade tree or other mechanics", I appreciate the advise and comments. I still haven't had any luck .... I tried jerry's way and rechecked lash on valves. I am wondering what else might not be right. Have family coming over so am taking a few days off....maybe inspiration will strike.

Bob

Re: statring 216 after rebuild [Re: Bob R] #1181590
Wed Sep 07 2016 11:32 PM
Wed Sep 07 2016 11:32 PM
Justhorsenround  Offline
Grease Monkey
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 7,268
El Reno, Okla
Bob, load it up and bring it to KC this weekend. Bet all the minds there can get her fired up.


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


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Re: statring 216 after rebuild [Re: Bob R] #1181622
Thu Sep 08 2016 03:14 AM
Thu Sep 08 2016 03:14 AM
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52Carl  Offline
Master Gabster
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 7,962
Virginia
One thing about doing the initial timing Jerry's way is you can determine if your timing gears were installed properly.

Re: statring 216 after rebuild [Re: Bob R] #1184487
Tue Sep 27 2016 09:17 PM
Tue Sep 27 2016 09:17 PM
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Bob R  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: Nov 2015
Posts: 23
MO
To Jerry and Shop Shark and other helpful guys.......YAHOO! I started over and found I wasn't getting consistant spark, so I ordered a new coil and guess what? It fired right up. I appreciate the advise and encouragement.

Bob

Re: statring 216 after rebuild [Re: Bob R] #1184923
Fri Sep 30 2016 08:17 PM
Fri Sep 30 2016 08:17 PM
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just-a-hacker  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 720
Midcoast Maine,usa
hooray !!


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'49 3100 before '99
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