After reading through the past starting problem topics I decide to post my wierd one and hope for some help.
Yesterday (97 degree day) I was prepping the old 68 camaro for test drive. I started the engine, and while it was warming up, fixed the passenger side running light (ground wire was cut for some reason). After the engine was running for around 10 minutes it died. Never had that happen before, I restarted it without a problem. Took it out for a little 10 block drive (about 7 minutes). Got home and it was idling a bit irratic between 600-800 RPM. Car died on my inclined driveway, had problems turning starter, car started after I waited about 2 minutes and I pulled it into the garage. I was going to adjust the idle speed screw but now the car will crank fine, but will not start. The engine block seemed to be extremely hot, and retained the heat for 4-5 hours (hot enough you wouldn't leave your hand on the valve covers after 5 hours???). I thought it may be vapor locked from the engine heat and left it alone till this morning. No luck, still wont fire. So, I thought someone may have some tips for when I get home.
I am thinking it may be a distributor problem, I can smell a whiff of gas if I pump the pedal a few times so I figure its getting fuel (even if my idle is screwed up). I figure I can check for a good spark first, and then check the HEI. What should I look for if I pop the distributor cap off?
What should I look for in the carb (fuel wise) if I am getting a good spark?
What is the deal with the engine heat? Car runs at about 180-190 degrees/water temp gage, but after 20 minutes total run time it stayed *very* hot for 5 hours. I did check my engine oil level and it was good, oil pressure gage read 60psi I think, antifreeze was good.
Car specs: 350 SB, Edelbrock 650 carb, HEI ignition, just put in new AC Delco plugs and wires about 2 months ago, newish starter/battery, Victor Jr. intake, cast iron heads, M21, 3.42 rear... Fluid levels all checked out ok.
Thanks for any input.