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Scott H
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posted 01-26-2006 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott H   Click Here to Email Scott H     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, so its only 40 degrees in Chicago, but at least the sun is shining. My 66 is in the driveway under a cover, but I've been tinkering with it every other day or so, for maybe 20 minutes at a time.

Finishing up some detail work after the cam swap (270s) and I couldnt' resist the urge to give it a try. No fuel line hooked up yet, no antifreeze, so I don't want it to run for more than a few seconds.
I put a couple ounces of fuel down the throat of the carb, turned the key, and for the first time in about 6 months it started, and on the first try!

Now I can finish the rad hoses, tighten the fuel line, and get ready to break in that new cam.

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mustangs68
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posted 01-26-2006 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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Fastymz
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posted 01-26-2006 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad to see I'm not the only one without patiences.
Congrats on the progress.
I almost have the B&M hammer shifter installed. I can't wait to take it out and try it. But that would mean hooking up the ignition system and rear end real fast.

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68 Coop
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posted 01-26-2006 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 Coop   Click Here to Email 68 Coop     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First try after sitting 5+ months is really something. I'm impressed Scott, sounds like it was dialed when you shut it down. I'm getting a cam from Alex, and was wondering what is involved to complete the job. Any tips since it's fresh on the brain??? Thanks for any time and info.

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posted 01-26-2006 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 68 Coop:
First try after sitting 5+ months is really something. I'm impressed Scott, sounds like it was dialed when you shut it down. I'm getting a cam from Alex, and was wondering what is involved to complete the job. Any tips since it's fresh on the brain??? Thanks for any time and info.


This really helped me,

http://www.compcams.com/Technical/Instructions/Files/145.pdf

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posted 01-26-2006 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 Coop   Click Here to Email 68 Coop     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Ron, that is very informative. I'm sure the kit will have instructions too, but I'll probably ask a few questions if I ain't clear on what it's saying.

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posted 01-26-2006 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I never had to ask any questions.

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Scott H
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posted 01-26-2006 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott H   Click Here to Email Scott H     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 68 Coop:
First try after sitting 5+ months is really something. sounds like it was dialed when you shut it down.

I used the same carb, so no changes there. Although from sitting 5 months it was bone-dry, that's why I just trickled some gas from a bottle into it.

Re-setting the distributor is the key to a quick start-up.

I make sure the engine is at No. 1 Top Dead Center by rotating the crank by hand and watching the valves. When the intake valve closes and the balancer is sneaking up on the timing marks you know you're at TDC instead of 180 degrees off.

Then I slowly keep rotating the crank until it comes up to 10 degrees, that's what I want to start with for timing.

Then with power running thru the coil (either by a jumper wire on the "+" or with the key 'on') I slowly rotate the distributor back and forth, watching for a spark on the number one wire. Best way I've found for this is to have the No.1 wire hooked to a grounded spark plug and look at the electrode. When you see the spark, you know for sure its happening on No.1, and you know for sure your timing is at 10 degrees.

It baffles me that the superstar mechanics from Boyd's, Monster Garage, and Overhaulin' just can't seem to get this right. Seems like they are always trying to start a fresh engine with the distributor in backwards, and then it backfires and shoots flames out the carb.

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