In Reply to: New head installed - no go. Who wants beer?(long) posted by Grimbo on June 26, 2001 at 21:14:21:
If you get spark, make sure the distributor is in right. Set the engine at top dead center (TDC) by rotating the engine until the timing pointer on the lower timing chain cover points to the "0" mark on the crank pulley. Then remove the valve cover and make sure both valves on the #1 (front) cylinder are closed. If they aren't, rotate the crank one revolution and again set the pointer on the "o" mark. Now both valves should be closed. Take tae cap off the distributor. The rotor should point to where the #1 spark plug is located when the cap is on. If it doesn't, remove the distributor, rotate it to the correct position, and reinstall. Now test for spark at the plugs. If you have spark, pour no more than half a shot glass of gas down the carb throat, pump the gas a couple of times, and try the starter. If it starts and dies, put another half shot of gas in the carb and try again. When you can keep it running, rotate the distributor very slowly in either direction until it idles smoothly. You can set the final timing with a timing light.