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I rebuilt the engine but after placing it back into the car i cant get power to the starter nor the coil packs everything else has the proper voltage. all fuses are good. i can jump the starter and it will turn over but still no fire.has good fuel presure. i had the dash out of it but i dnt know if there could be somthing inperticular i may have left unhooked behind it that could caused it please help i am totally clueless.

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Sounds like your neutral safety start switch. If you left it unhooked or it came loose it will prevent power from going to the starter when the starter is engaged. I hope this helps. Hooah.

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