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Author Topic:   Engine died during initial firing...Need ideas!
posted February 28, 2004 05:46 PM
351W Ford.
Went to break in new engine today,
fired right up, ran great for about 5 minutes, then it idled down and shut off.

Had to crank and crank and crank to restart, then it ran really really rough.

Now it just cranks over and nothing.

1) Getting good spark - using brand new
Proform HEI distributor...Tried moving it around a little bit to see if that helped but no luck.
2) Checked compression in #1 cyl - good.
3) Pumped throttle, saw gas squirting into carb - Holley 4412 500cfm
4) Didn't see any melted ignition wires or anything like that.

**Using hydraulic cam, World 200cc heads, Flat-top pistons, Carter Race fuel pump.

Any ideas where to look?


posted February 28, 2004 07:16 PM
Does the rotor move in the dist when cranking ?Broken pin in the gear ?

posted February 29, 2004 01:09 AM
I always set timing immediately at start up. I'd turn crank to tdc and make sure rotor is at #1 or straight across. Then compression on all cyl's. Rocker's too tite? Pumped up and now valve's part open? Either that or dist gear roll pin broke and allowed gear to turn to wrong place, since you still have spark.


posted February 29, 2004 05:49 AM
May sound simple, but check the plugs to see if their fouled.

posted February 29, 2004 12:14 PM
I'm gonna pull the plugs and check each cyl
this week.
Thanks for the help and I'll update when I have more info.


posted March 01, 2004 05:31 AM
I had about the same thing happen on one of mine and I had to run a short reach plug the pistons closed the plug gaps....Let us know what you find out.....Towman

posted March 01, 2004 07:51 PM
I think you identified one of your problems when you used the word "Proform"

posted March 02, 2004 06:26 PM
Found the trouble...

Checked all cylinders, everything was ok.
Checked the Rockers, they were all at 0,
backed them off to where they were supposed to be, thought that was the problem.

Car still wouldn't run.

Pulled the carb, while looking at the
carb found that there was a piece of
tape on the little tube that runs thru the middle and out the top, I had put it there
while working on the car because it was
very sharp, took the tape off, car runs

I can't believe it ran in the 1st place.

Thanks for all the help, live and learn I guess!

rico 08
posted March 03, 2004 06:08 AM
I hope the cam doesn't go flat from all that cranking time.

posted March 03, 2004 09:30 AM           
haha... sounds like something that happened to me a couple years ago. We put the motor in the car... fired it up... ran for a sec then died... couldn't get it started again... sounded like it was really rich.

We scratched our head for about half an hour till i took the filter off to check the carb. turns out my buddy left the paper towles he stuffed in the carb to keep it clean. problem solved.

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