Trying to wake the old girl from winter slumber...need a little help
It's been a long winter and spring has not really arrived either...but hopefully we'll have good weather soon. I used the winter to find some parts and tinker with her.
A) took out cleaned up and rebuild windshield wiper/washer assy. Reinstalled - wipers still work, rebuild on washer pump did not help it. But was still fun to work on it...
B) took out the distributor and rebuilt to remove end-play and convert back to stock from po installed HEI.
The rebuild went just fine and I got it back in OK - properly oriented and engaging the oil pump.
Yesterday - using some parts from Ames tackled getting the vacuum lines all back to stock trim (pretty funky set-up for 68 manual - check out resto guide 2nd ed page 395); feel really good about that. Next did all the ignition circuit voltage tests. All checked out.
When it was time to finally start it - sprayed in a bunch of starting fluid, set the choke and turned her over. (got maybe 3mins total cranking time before cold battery with it trickle charge life support) it only coughed a couple times. every 15 seconds I turned the distributor a little CCW. Pretty sure first min was re-filling the carb with fuel.
I set the initial point dwell at .018 during the rebuild. I had a dwell meter hooked up during the cranking and needle bounced to 11 degrees. Battery gave out so had to pack it up for the day.
So after reading a bit more - realized I should have disconnected and plugged the vacuum lines to the distributor (yes the stock set up has 2 - like I said its funky); but seeking your collective wisdom, so please chime to answer these questions:
1- would leaving the vac lines connected wreck the timing so much it would not allow combustion?
2- what is the best method to set the points closer to 30 degrees (hopefully without removing the distrib) so it will start and I can dial it in.
3 - is there a way to know the timing before the dwell is correctly set? Did not try hooking up the timing light yet.
Both dwell and timing have to be "close enough" to get the engine started and idling.
Hopefully, from that point, fine tuning will be straightforward.
I have learned a bunch this winter on this forum and looking forward to the "seat of the pants" timing method detailed by PJ.
Thanks in advance for your input-
"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you." - Saint Augustine
Last edited by integrity6987; 04-15-2018 at 02:49 PM.
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