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There is a right and a wrong way to check for spark, how exactly are you checking it?
Do you have a timing light?
Will it run or at least hit on starting fluid?
The engine needs 3 things to run.
Compression - Which you have
Fuel - At this point it would not matter if all of the gas in the fuel tank was water because starting fluid is a fuel. So even if the tank was full of water, or if there was no fuel hooked up to the engine, if there was a fuel problem it would run on starting fluid.
Timed spark ignition - This is what you are missing. There is either no spark, or, the spark is way out of time.
When did this problem start? Did the problem happen all of a sudden? Is there a story to this?
Also, you said mechanic, are you working on this yourself or is a mechanic telling you what he is doing?
Has a timing light been put on the engine?
Let me re=phrase that. What needs to happen is a timing light needs to get hooked up to the #1 cylinder. Somebody has to crank the engine over, while somebody else shoots the timing and see what it is reading. That is what needs to happen. Is that something you can do?
Timing chains jump teeth, distributor gears shear off, there are a few things that can happen. Yes I have definitely seen things like this happen. And honestly until a timing light goes on the engine and you can see the flash, whether it has spark or not is questionable. There are no time limits here, do you want to that and check back in with me tomorrow?
Before buying a coil or spending any real money get a timing light first. If you have a place like an autozone near you they do free loaners on tools. Just pop a deposit down on a credit card, return the tool in working order and get your deposit back. There is no point throwing any money into guesses.
#1 cylinder is front right. Hook up the timing light lead to that plug wire. Crank the engine over, and point the light at the timing tab just above the harmonic balancer and see where the line on the balancer lines up in relation to the timing tab. If everything is spot on.... It should be sitting at 8 degrees before top dead center, even when just cranking and not running.
It's right near the bottom pulley. Just look down near the bottom center pulley, and you will see it.
If there Is anything else I will get to you tomorrow, i'm sigining off for the night. Good night!
You are most welcome.
I'm glad to hear you got it Eric,