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Roy Belding, Classic Car Mechanic
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I have a 1964 ford falcon and i just replaced the plugs and

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i have a 1964 ford falcon and i just replaced the plugs and wires in it and the car wont start. i already checked to see if i have fuel coming in and i do. what should i do next?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Classic Car
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Roy Belding replied 1 year ago.
good afternoon my name is ***** ***** I will assist
did you have this issue prior to replacing the plugs???
did you replace the points and condenser???
Roy
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no i havent replaced anything besides the plugs and wires, and no i didnt have a starting problem but it was running rich so i replaced the plugs and wires
Expert:  Roy Belding replied 1 year ago.
ok.I would check the gap on the points. they should be .018 on the high point of the cam.
is this the 170 or 200 motor???
check the choke plate in the carb to be sure it is completely open. if it is closed or partially closed it will run rich
the other reason is a bad power valve in the carb. that will cause a rich running issue.
Roy
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
online it was saying the gap should be .035 on the spark plugs
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
and im almost positive i have a 200 motor im not sure though
Expert:  Roy Belding replied 1 year ago.
yes, that is for the plugs, not the points.
Roy
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
how do i go about checking the points?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It now also starts then acts like its going to turn off the starts again and does this over and over again
Expert:  Roy Belding replied 1 year ago.
you need to remove the distributor cap and rotor. they will be on a mounting plate. you can hand turn the motor and watch the movement. there will be 6 high points on the shaft as it rotates, one for each cylinder. when the points open fully on one of the high spots, that is where you would check the gap for the points. there are 2 screws securing the point set to the distributor. loosen the screws and you can move the points to open or close as needed. the gap that is needed is .018.
Roy
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yes the points are st .018
Expert:  Roy Belding replied 1 year ago.
ok, good. then you need to check the ignition timing. you would need a timing light to perform this operation. once that is done, you have completed the basics.
it sounds like you have carb issues with the stalling and running rich.
Roy
Expert:  Roy Belding replied 1 year ago.
how are you making out???
please dont forget to rate me as it is the only way we get paid for our efforts
Roy
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Im not able to time it tonight because its getting dark and im the only one working on it at the moment and it wont start
Expert:  Roy Belding replied 1 year ago.
ok, when you get back to it, check and see if it has spark.
Roy
Expert:  Roy Belding replied 1 year ago.
how are you making out??
Roy
Expert:  Roy Belding replied 1 year ago.
is there anything else I can help you with??
Roy
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How would i go about checking if there is spark?
Expert:  Roy Belding replied 1 year ago.
remove the wire from the top of the distributor cap and set it close to a piece of metal on the motor. then crank the motor and look for a spark jump
Roy

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