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Post subject:   PostPosted: Apr 17, 2010 - 12:43 PM
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AdrianBurton is exactly right. You need to borrow a timing light to set it properly.
Set your points while you're at it too. Use a dwell meter.

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Apr 17, 2010 - 04:06 PM
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I'll have to buy one since no one around has one.

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Carb help

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Post subject: Need some help starting my Chevy 283 1961  PostPosted: Apr 18, 2010 - 06:56 PM
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Greg:
You are missing 2 rods on your carburetor and your throttle shafts or the body
that the shafts go thru are more than likley worn out. I recommend getting an
Edelbrock (AFB) 650cfm and a hi riser int. This makes for a very streetable
combination. If you can't get a good deal on one , i can get it for you at my
cost.

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Post subject: RE: Need some help starting my Chevy 283 1961  PostPosted: Apr 19, 2010 - 12:50 AM
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Thanks for the info.

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Post subject: RE: Need some help starting my Chevy 283 1961  PostPosted: Apr 19, 2010 - 12:56 AM
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You are missing a few wonky shaped rod to control your secondaries and choke.
Each rod needs to be exact to make it work properly.



My suggestion, find a rebuilder (hard to do) or get a rebuild from some one like Jegs..
I think this is a direct bolt on....
http://www.jegs.com/i/Edelbrock/350/9903/10002/-1?parentProductId=743643

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You should also check TDC lines up correctly on harmonic balancer. These old engines- parts get changed around and you might not have the correct timing chain cover for your harmonic balancer- which means you will never figure out the timing. Been there!!!

Get a engine stop- about $10 @ Summit. Pull your plugs- put the stop in number 1 and slowly turn the engine w/ a breaker bar via the harmonic balancer. Turn till it stops. MARK the harmonic balancer at the 0 point on timing pointer. Slowly turn the engine in the opposite direction till it stops again- mark. The point between the two marks is TDC.

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Post subject: Yes I'm dumb  PostPosted: Dec 04, 2013 - 05:14 PM
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Why? Well haven't started my engine in over a year.

However, I did fire it up over the holidays! Laughing

The last time I did run it. It ran for about one and a half minutes before stopping on its own. Tried to fire again and it seems like its got compression lock or some thing. The starter can turn it over.

I can hear the starter engage, but the motor just "Thud", "Thud", "Thud."

Or is this cylinder lock?

Ideas to diagnose?

LamboSam mentioned pulling the plugs and squiring in a bit of oil to each cylinder.

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Post subject: RE: Yes I  PostPosted: Dec 04, 2013 - 10:58 PM
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I would verify the batt voltage then pull the plugs and oil, make sure the engine spins freely without the plugs


edit: new thought

the fuel, how old is it?
did you leave it in the carb for that year? It might need a good cleaning, especiallay with the oxygenated fuels in CA

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Post subject: RE: Yes I  PostPosted: Dec 05, 2013 - 12:02 AM
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The last time I started it i basically ran it out of gas. I figured well thats good. It runs good. Now I can weld over there by the gas tank now that the fuel is gone.

The gas is squirting in there just fine. Battery 13.000 with the charger set to start mode.

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Post subject: RE: Yes I  PostPosted: Dec 05, 2013 - 10:36 AM
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The thud, thud... is the engine turning a little at a time?

If yes, your timing is too far advanced causing the spark to occur as the piston is still rising in the cylinder but the starter motor is forcing it to continue upwards.
Loosen the distributor and turn in 1/4" clockwise to retard the timing. You may need to do it a couple of times. Set it running with a timing light!

Have you set the dwell properly yet? Those old integrated condenser and point sets are difficult to set with feeler gauges. The best way is to set it with a dwell meter, I used to set them to 30*. You can do this while cranking or running through the little door on the side of the distributor cap.

Are you sure it ran out of gas?

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Post subject: RE: Yes I  PostPosted: Dec 05, 2013 - 05:54 PM
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No motion. Its like a screwdriver or something fell down into the a gear. It didn't, thats just a example. Its not turning. The "thud" comes every time I turn to engine start. Key turn on, "Thud", key off, key on, "Thud", key off, WTF, key on, "Thud",etc.

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Post subject: RE: Yes I  PostPosted: Dec 05, 2013 - 06:17 PM
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will it not turn over at all??

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Post subject: RE: Yes I  PostPosted: Dec 05, 2013 - 06:55 PM
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Nope. Seems locked.

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Post subject: RE: Yes I  PostPosted: Dec 06, 2013 - 02:24 AM
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take the starter off and see if it turns then, they can hang up if they arent shimmed correctly

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