Re: Help! My 302c doesn't like to run!
"16 thou gap and 8 degrees before tdc should start about anything i find"
only if the points are new or recon.(contacts filed back flat) should feeler gauges be used. otherwise use a dwell meter and set em to 28-30 degrees, if u want it a bit more accurate. not saying it wont start or run well the other way though.
if the points arnt new, they may be worn on both contacts and have an uneven surface and by using feeler gauges to set it, only the "high" points of the contacts are being set apart, which may result in the dwell being too low and if so, not enough spark will be be sent to the plugs. if ya dont have a dwell gauge, borrow one, buy one or new points and use feelers......if u want the dwell angle spot on and to get the most power to the plugs, better fuel economy, marginal but better.
possibly retarted timing. or running too rich(obvious from exhaust P.O.V) or too lean as suggested.
do u know 4 sure the coil ur using is the correct one?
whats the primarys resistance (ohms) of the coil, should be 3-4ohms for a non-ballast resistor coil, 1-1.5ohms for one for use with a ballast resistor, and a ballast resistor is approx. 1.5ohms.
if ur using a non-ballast resistor coil with a ballast resistor then not enough current will be goin through the coil, and it will be down on voltage.
let us all know how u go
hope this may help