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#963054 Mon Aug 12 2013 04:23 PM
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I have a 283 with stock GM HEI distributor in my '49. The other day it just quit. When I checked there was no spark. So far, I've changes the module, pick-up coil, rotor cap and cover, even the coil in the cap. Luckily, I had almost all of this stuff already, so it didn't cost a whole lot. Another problem is when I put the distributor back in it was about 90 degrees off. I've heard of it being 180 degrees off, but not 90. When I brought number 1 piston up on compression stroke, the rotor was pointed to number 4 spark plug wire instead of number 1. Hope somebody has some ideas. I'm running out of hair!! Thanks


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pablos49 #963056 Mon Aug 12 2013 04:34 PM
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Did you make sure the coil wire is powered, and it's making a good connection to the distributor?

What is the HEI out of? A 283 never had HEI as factory equipment.


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pablos49 #963061 Mon Aug 12 2013 05:00 PM
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Yeah, wire going up to the coil is hot. That was the first thing I checked. The HEI is out of a mid 70's Monte Carlo.


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pablos49 #963070 Mon Aug 12 2013 05:57 PM
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You really didn't need to remove the distributor to change out the parts, but since you did, you just re-installed it out of phase from where you removed it. It can get out of timing any number of degrees by having it a few teeth off or 5-6 and even by rotating the engine with the distributor out of the engine.


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pablos49 #963072 Mon Aug 12 2013 05:58 PM
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Pablos49,

Sounds like you need to re-drop the distributor in with it on #One firing position. Notice how much it turns,(turn it back that much to line up with #One when it's seated) as it drops in. does the distributor shaft drop all the way aligned into the oil pump shaft?

look up a valve adjustment chart for #One and look at the other valves to adjust, they can tell you if your on #One.
Small Block Chevy Valve Adjustment Order 0 deg TDC, both number one valves shut.
look at the #3 exhaust valve & look at the #5 intake valve, if they are opening; your not on #One. rotate 360.

make sure the wires coming out of the distibutor aren't broken or grounding out.

12 Port #963081 Mon Aug 12 2013 06:56 PM
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You have to pull the center shaft out of the distributor in order to R&R the pick-up coil.


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Dogs51Burb #963083 Mon Aug 12 2013 06:57 PM
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I'm starting to think it would just be easier to move the spark plug wires around.


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pablos49 #963244 Tue Aug 13 2013 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by pablos49
I'm starting to think it would just be easier to move the spark plug wires around.


I hope you're not serious. Do it right and get the distributor put in and phased right.


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pablos49 #964624 Sun Aug 18 2013 06:29 AM
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Update: I finally have spark, but it still won't start. I shot a little (VERY little) shot of starter fluid in the carb yesterday and it tried to start. It looks like I may have a little kink in the rubber fuel line leading up to the pump. I'm going to try getting that out of it today and see if that helps. I have a clear fuel filter on top where I can see it and there doesn't seem to be much in there. I replaced the pump 2 weeks ago, so it shouldn't be that. But I guess I could have gotten a bad one. Oh, by the way. I finally got the distributer set in there right. All the wires are where they should be. Thanks for all the help.

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pablos49 #964626 Sun Aug 18 2013 07:27 AM
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Did you redrop the distributor? If you just moved the wires you risk not getting oil to the crankshaft and burning the bearings. First lesson I learned the hard way many years ago.Larry


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