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Wondering if you guys can give some input before I have to take it to a shop. I decided to take the Camaro to work today since it was a nice day. Anyway, the car ran fine all the way to work. At lunch, I tried cranking it and it tried turning over but it wouldn't stay started. I would pump the gas and it would catch 1 time then die out as soon as I let the key go (any longer and the starter grinded). If I start it with the gas pedal all the way down, I get one big rush then it still dies. I checked that I was getting fuel through the filter and at the carb. I even took off the fuel line, put it in a bottle and cranked it to make sure there was enough gas getting through. I took off the brass fitting the fuel line feeds into and found a bent filter and removed it thinking it was the problem. Still wouldn't catch.
I had it towed home and removed the top of the carb to see if the floats were stuck, but I couldn't find anything wrong. I'm at a stand still, so any advice would be appreciated. By the way, the engine is a 327, 4 speed, edelbrock 600 cfm 4 barrel manual choke carb, air gap intake, and HEI with external coil.
Thanks again. :waving:
 

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Mike...
It sounds more like spark problem than anything. If it stays running with the key on and dies when you let go, the power to the coil/distributor nees checking. You may have it wired through the starter silonoid then back to the coil. Check the wiring first...

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You may want to check the timing. I've had my dist. retard itself because the hold down was just a bit loose. Just try to turn it a bit counter clockwise and try to start it. If this is the problem, retime the engine and put a small mark on the dist. base and intake with a black marker incase this happens again. Hope it's as simple to fix as this. :)
 

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Thanks for the responses guys. In fact it was a simple fix. :clonk: I tried starting it again today and this time it stayed started with the key held as far right as it could go. I took out the ignition and one of the wires had come loose. I guess it was barely hanging on. Thanks again, it's good to know you have backup when you can't figure things out on your own. :thumbsup:
 
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