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Old 01-17-2005, 20:50   #1 (permalink)
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Just bought a 62 Galaxie and it started fine before I had it trailered home and parked a few days. Replaced the coil, battery, plugs, starter solenoid, points, condenser, rotar, distributor cap and plug wires. It's got fuel in the glass filter, and the carb but it just cranks and cranks and doesn't fire. Is there something I'm missing? The voltage regulator perhaps?

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Old 01-19-2005, 15:20   #2 (permalink)
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Is it getting gas, or just 'a liquid'? perhaps it had water in the tank or something...you can put a timing light on it to make sure its both getting spark, and its timing is not way off- if timing chain has jumped a tooth, timing should be way off- kinda hard to tell as without vacuum, wrong rpm, etc it will not be 'in time' but should be within -10/+5 degrees or so of tdc I would guess...might pull plugs again and make sure they arent wet- float bowl may have leaked/flooded plugs out...thats about all the ideas I have- good luck
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check all your work, coil wires are right, points are opening/closing, firing order, etc. its amazing how many times i've fixed something, tried it and get the same result as before so naturally you figure its something else when in fact you had replaced the defective part but installed the new one wrong. The voltage regulator isnt involved with starting, just the charging system. go through the basics is all, i'm positive its not the ignition module or the computer
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i'm positive its not the ignition module or the computer
Bet its not a plugged up catalytic converter either : )
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Old 01-22-2005, 16:06   #5 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm here in Houston TX on vacation, thought I'd check in. You could be out 180 deg on your timing, make sure the timing marker is near the pointer on the pulley damper and your rotor under the distributor camp is at approximately the 1 o'clock position. Is it firing at all? Are the plugs wet or dry. If they are bone dry its not getting gas, check for plugged fuel line. Also if it has an older or original carburetor on it, if so it could be the fuel filter. Sometimes there is a filter screen right where the fuel line enters the carb and it could be blocked. Check the plug wires on the distributor and make sure they are in the right rotation of firing order (anticlockwise)
Even though you have a new condenser it could be faulty. Let us guys know if you get it going and what the problem was, cause we can all learn something by these problems.
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Thanks for all the good advice. The main problem right now is that the weather has been snowy and in the teens for the last week. I don't have enough time to even check the firing order before that tingly frostbite feeling sinks in. I think it's getting gas. The jets on the carb open and squirt fuel. The plugs are wet and smell of gas. I tested the leads going to the coil with a continuity tester and they are fine. Put a plug in the coil wire lead and no spark. I think it's a bad coil or the wrong coil. I'm not sure the local parts houses always provide the correct part for these old cars. When it warms up I plan on cleaning away 40 years of engine grime so I can see if there is a loose ground wire somewhere. I appreciate the help in figuring this out.
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