I'm a 1st time Camaro owner, and it's been 20 years since I had to work on a GM car (been a Ford truck guy all this time).
First a little background. I've had nothing but Ford trucks and Broncos for 20 years. I've never taken any of them to a shop. Always did the work myself or got friends advice/help. I've pulled transmissions, engines, pumpkins, repaired water pumps, wheel bearings, etc. I am NOT however, much of an electrician. I've only been living in South Jersey for a few months. My resources and contacts are limited, as in I have very little in the way of tools with me.
The car: it's a 92 Camaro, Anniversary Edition Z28, 5.7 TPI, it has a reconstructed title, one of the previous owners had an accident and the car was totally repaired passenger side (not sure when). The dude I bought if from only owned it for a few months, said the gas was killin him (high school senior). His Dad talked him into selling it.
Here's my issue: Drove it home. The next day I left the house (Sunday), drove 4 blocks to the store, shut it off, came back out and it would not start. It would crank strong, but no pop or sputter at all. I had no tools with me, so I called a friend. Before he could get to me I tried it again and it fired right up like nothing was wrong.
5 days later: Drove it back and forth to work all week, 10 miles each way, most of it highway, stopping for gas, coffee, etc...several times. Always started great. Until Friday. Drove the 10 miles from work, highway, to a convenient store. Shut it off, came out, wouldn't start. But this time it sputtered, bad...like it was flooding and I could smell gas. After a couple attempts, it would'nt even pop. I left it there and came back 2 hours later, still would not start, not even a sputter. Went inside the store, came out, tried it one more time before calling a tow truck and the damn thing started right up like nothing was ever wrong. I drove it home, then started it again half hour later and drove to work. Worked 2nd shift, started it and drove home that night no problems.
Saturday morning: Went out to go somewhere. Now then, the car has been sitting in the driveway since I got home from work 10 hours prior. I go to start it. Nothing. It cranks like a champ, just no pop, no sputter. Didn't have time to mess with it yesterday, so there it stayed.
Today: Still no start. So now I give you what little I investigated and symptoms.
1. I can always smell gas after cranking it 4-5 times.
2. I pulled a plug wire and checked for spark while cranking. Yes it has spark.
That's as far as I have gone. I have the Haynes manual but it really hasn't been much help as there is sooooo much that can be causing this problem. I am hoping any of you here may be able to better direct me, or ask me questions that I can go check on and bring back more info. I really like the car and don't want to take it to a shop and toss a pile of money at it. I would like to take care of it myself just so I have the peace of mind that it's done RIGHT.
I was a member at a Ford truck forum and they were a bunch of help there when i needed it, as I'm sure everyone here will be a great help also. Thanks in advance.