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I just put my rebuilt engine in my car and it will not start. I am getting backfiring through the carbs. I think I may have the distributer shaft off by a gear. Does this sound right? Is there a good way to test and see if the shaft is in right? I may try a timing light and see when it is firing.

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I just put my new engine in my 70 today also just for initial breakin and it did not start right away. What I had to do was:
Regap the plugs for points, not electronic ignition,
regap points, they were a little wide,
change plug wires to fit. The book showed crank fire to be clockwise, so that is what my girlfriend told me to put them at when I asked, but in reality dist. goes CCW!
Started right up after that. Oh, take the screw for the distributor, the one that holds the thing in and adjusts timing, and turn the distributor until you get it to start, that will tell you what way if any to move the dist. shaft if it is off. Good luck.
Joshua L.

By the way, mine runs really well, I get to hot adjust the valves tomorrow though.
 

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Thanks for the response. I had to take my oil pump off and turn the distributer shaft because it was off by one gear. Then my car fired right up.

> I just put my new engine in my 70 today also
> just for initial breakin and it did not
> start right away. What I had to do was:
> Regap the plugs for points, not electronic
> ignition,
> regap points, they were a little wide,
> change plug wires to fit. The book showed
> crank fire to be clockwise, so that is what
> my girlfriend told me to put them at when I
> asked, but in reality dist. goes CCW!
> Started right up after that. Oh, take the
> screw for the distributor, the one that
> holds the thing in and adjusts timing, and
> turn the distributor until you get it to
> start, that will tell you what way if any to
> move the dist. shaft if it is off. Good
> luck.
> Joshua L.

> By the way, mine runs really well, I get to
> hot adjust the valves tomorrow though.
 
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