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Forgive me if this is too basic. Bought the car this summer, drove it from MA to NJ, put it on blocks.

Dropped the gas tank, cleaned, re primed, re-plumbed all the hoses, new sending unit, replaced tank. Put gas in tank.

Bought a pertronix kit (ignitor and coil), swapped those in.

That's it. We finished the job this evening, and tried to start the car. Cranks fast and fine, nothing catches. Loosened a fuel line going into the carb, and fuel comes out. Pulled a spark plug wire, put a bolt into it, and saw a spark when I held it near the valve cover while the engine was cranking. Got dark, so we called it a night.

The car was running when we parked it. It has been sitting for a few months waiting for parts. Except for the above, nothing else was done to the engine. I am going to play with the timing tomorrow to see whether the pertronix lines up differently, but I would have guessed it would run rough at least.
There is an electric fuel pump, sloppily wired in. If there is fuel up front, that shouldn't be the problem, should it? I know nothing about these carbs (SU's I think, looked just like the ones on my old Volvo, little screw cover on the top), is there something I can check to be sure gas is getting through them?

When it was running, it did not seem to have a lot of torque, had to downshift on some hills on the highway. The vacuum lines are a mess, most plugged off, but very sloppily.

Any thoughts??
 

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Is it cold there?? Did you choke it?? Did you check the firing order and make sure it was correct after the ignition change? How long did you let it crank, it might need a little cranking to get fresh gas all the way through the carbs. Just a few ideas. good luck
 

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I have the dome top su carbs... when I put all mine back together, I pretty much had to just keep cranking and cranking. Guess it just took a bit for the fuel to get where it needed to go. It did finally start and it's been fine ever since, even when it's freezing cold. Can't hurt to double check the timing though.
 

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Hi Peter.
Hey......what carbs are you running...???? That info would help.
 

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Shane, et al

SU carbs are what's on there. Duh, I did forget to choke the beast! Ooops!

Hope that is the problem.

Thanks again.

Peter
 
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