Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Southern Indiana
Re: Crate Engine First Start Up Problems
Okay, thank you for your input and patience. I'm more of a body man than a mechanic, but I can usually hold my own. My weakness is wiring, and of course that's where I have my issues.
Here's what I did last night. I took some jumper cables and grounded the rad supt to the body. Fired it up, and it ran terrible. Burning my eyes and missing and jumping around exactly like I've got some plug wires wrong. Double checked my wire routing, yep clockwise,18436572. Bumped the engine over to the squeeze stroke, put the mark on 0 and pulled the cap. Pointing right at #1 on the cap. Took my timing light and put the clamp on each plug wire while it was running and they all light up the light. Could I be 180 deg off? It's not supposed to blow your finger out of the hole on the other upstroke, so I think I'm at TDC. I know I could verify by pulling a valve cover, but I really don't want to.
I'm pretty sure my timing is close. It fires right up and doesn't run on after shut down. No starter drag. I've got it at 4 deg before at idle with the vac advance unplugged. It has never back fired, just runs bad.
I have a rebuilt Quadrajet from Vintage Muslecar, not a Holley.
I check voltage at the battery, alternator post, at the supply side of my coil and all seem fine. Here is something that appears weird to me. There may be a simple explanation to it, but it doesn't make sense to me.
I read you could pull the negative cable off and put a test light inbetween the cable and the battery. If it lights the light, you have a draw on the battery. Well, it didn't light my light, but while I had it disconnected, I started probing around. I put my neg lead of my meter on the neg batt terminal and put the pos lead on some other various places like the engine block, the upper control arm bolt, etc... and I was getting voltage readings of 10 or 11 volts!!! Should I be getting a reading doing that? Seems like I've got voltage running through my engine block? I did the same thing with my test light, and it wouldn't light it? That's got me confused, but like I said, I'm a body man...
I have all three ground straps in place from subframe to block and body, etc...
I probably need to attack this as two separate problems I guess. An engine running bad problem, and a charging system problem if I have one. I just fear they are related.
Funny thing is, my credit card took a major beating when I ordered ALL new wiring from AAW. I didn't want to mess with wiring problems because I hate them, and I'm terrible at working on them. I even got plug wires and battery cables from them and it all seems money.
Thanks again in advance. Brian
'68 RS Vert
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