Have Ford Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
I have been a professional master mechanic for over 35 years and am happy to help you with this.
Being it was running like hell before you did any timing work, lets start with checking the cylinders compression. we really need a baseline on this to get to the bottom of this but we can if you can get those readings for me?
Little bit but we can get to that as long as your sure the marks on the timing gears are lined up. Take your time and get back to me. We will get her running good.
Actually when those marks are ligned up cam at 6;00 and crank at 12;00 the dist should be pointing to number 6 on the cap :-)
Not to confuse you but the crank turns twice to the cam once. So if both gears were at 12;00 it would be firing on number 1 but its a lot easier to line them up at 6;00 and 12;00 then point the dist to number 6.
Get back when you can.
Thats good news there.
With the crank mark at TDC does the dist point at 1 or 6 on the cap?
Also double check the firing order on the cap
I figured so but i gotta ask:-)
So the only 2 things its missing is fuel or spark.
Can you pull a plug wire off the plug end and stick a screwdriver in the plug boot and hold the shank of screwriver about 3/8 or 1/2' FROM ANY CLEAN METAL for a good ground and have someone crank the sarter and see if the plug throws a good blue spark.'
if it does have spark, give it a shot of carb cleaner or starting fluid and see if it kicks on taat.
let me know
Will it stay running at high rpm...say around 3000rmp
what kind of carb
I;m leaning to the ignition control module breaking out under a load but thats a guess without a hand held scanner to read live readings.
Can you look or feel to make sure the dist is all the way down. because it turns when pushing it down. thats why your timing marks are like that.
when installing it it has fall past 2 spots while its turning.
I have to head out for a bit. let me know about those things please.
I'm guessing its not all the way down
When its flush is the rotor point at either 1 or 6.(dont over think this ...seems to be retarded for now)
try pinching off the brake booster hose in case the booster is sucking air.
Sorry for the delay, had an unexpected problem come up.
I think we can rule out the timing. Is it just at idle where its running bad?
will it run and hold rpm at around 3000?