Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Smokin melb's eastern suburbs
Can't get my engine to fire...
This is my first non-LPG powered v8 that i've had to play with and i've hit a wall.
The engine is a 390 with a 500 holley 2bbl, new leads, plugs, rotor button and dizzy cap (all installed by the previous owner).
Yesterday I fired it up and was reversing the car up the driveway when it had a small backfire and stalled. It hasn't fired up since, it just turns over constantly. I checked for spark by removing one of the leads and holding it 5mm or so from the block and had someone crank the engine over. Spark was visible.
I figured I must have flooded it badly so I took the battery out and put it on charge and left the car overnight. This morning I tried to start it again but no success. Knowing ignition timing can cause problems starting I reset the static timing to about 10 degrees and tried. Nothing. Set to 5 degrees, nothing. All the leads are in the correct order and the car was running prior to yesterday...
So, assuming the balancer hasn't spun and my 10 degrees is actually 10 and the timing chain is OK, where can I go from here? I know next to nothing about carbys and even less about 500's (I have played with the 465 on the XF a little) but i'm of the opinion the 500 is pumping in way too much fuel and flooding it too quickly.
Any advise appreciated.
Just like a Tsunami.