I've got an 82 F150 4X4 with a 1986 351W block. It's a Borg Warner 4spd manual tranny, granny geared with straight 3.00 gears. I've got 2 issues with it...
First off, it will start and run just fine when the motor is cold. After driving and getting it up to temperature, if I shut it off, it won't re-start until the motor is cold again. Naturally, there are limited electronics. I tried to go the easy way with a new Ignition Control Module and a new Starter Solenoid. That didn't fix my issue. In fact, after changing them in the parking lot, and waiting for the motor to cool down so it would re-start, on my drive home in fourth gear the truck just shut off. So while driving, I dropped the tranny to third and popped the clutch and it re-fired and kept going. It did this to me 3 times on a five mile drive home!! So naturally, my thoughts go straight to the distributor, which was what I was hoping it wasn't because I know NOTHING about timing!!
Now I looked under the hood at the distributor with the diagram for the firing order. The mechanic I took my truck to when I moved from FL to CO 7mos ago has my wires all backwards. 1 is hooked up on the cap where 4 should be, 5 is hooked up on the cap where 8 should be and so on and so forth. So that tells me that with a firing order of what should be 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8, I'm now firing with an order of 4-2-6-3-7-8-1-5. Correct? Now can somebody please tell me how in the world this thing can fire and run backwards??? Cuz I switched them around to the way the diagrams show and the truck won't even start.
The other thing I did notice, I don't know if this could be my starting problem or not, is that the adaptor that the cap sits on directly between the distributor and the cap, is loose. Could this be my hot/cold starting issue?
Hopefully somebody, somewhere has had one or both of these issues. Or maybe somebody has the answers for me cuz I'm going crazy trying to figure this all out. Thanks for all your help guys!!