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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old May 1st, 02, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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I pulled the plugs last night.

Plugs 5,7,6,8 all look the same:
60% Black porcelain with dark brown coloring on the other 40%, dry to "sooty" looking. The ground electrode looks white on the end, or even a light gray color.

The front plugs, 1,3,2,4 all looked the same:
Black, wet looking procelain and black ground electrode. Each of these plugs has oil on the threads too.

I just eyeballed the plugs. The engine is fresh, less than 500 miles. I am trying to get my timing curve and carb adjusted.

Why would the back plugs look different than the front?
Could a bad header gasket do this?
Bad intake gasket?

The motor has not been revved above 3500rpm's yet and has a lot of idle time on it, or tuning time revving to 3500 to check timing.

The vacuum reads 7.5 to 8 in-hg at 900 rpms. It bounces from 7.5 to 8 but steadies out at about 1200 rpms. I think the bounce is due to the cam.

The timing is currently at 12* initial and 24* total, no vacuum can hooked up.

Any suggestions?

I just bought a new set of AC 45S plugs to try.

How can I tell if I am getting detonation?

Lots of questions, but thanks for any comments.


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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old May 1st, 02, 04:47 AM
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Sound like the plugs are loaded up from startup and shut down over and over. Start with the fresh plugs drive the car on the freeway and pull into a rest area shut it down and pull the plugs to read them...

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