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I just bought a 1987 ford ranger from an elderly women whos son just died. He had just replaced the head gasket **** didn't get it back running. The engine has spark at all plug but won't start even on starting fluid

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  • candb7716 Jan 23, 2009

    the distributor was off about thirty degrees or so but still cant get the fuel pump to run

  • candb7716 Jan 25, 2009

    I found the inertia switch I think it was on the passenger side on the firewall. I omed it and it seames to be ok. Or is that something else. It had two wires going to it.

  • candb7716 Jan 25, 2009

    It had a botton on top. I need to get a wire daigram probably.

  • candb7716 Jan 27, 2009

    Haven't had a chance to mess with it for a couple of days wifes been working so I have been watching kids. Hope to have an chance tomorrow night. Thanks for asking.

  • candb7716 Jan 28, 2009

    Tonight I ran some wires they are good from the fuel pump up th the connect together down to pump can't figure out why its not getting power. They

  • candb7716 Jan 28, 2009

    Can't figure why i don't have any power to fuel pump. The wire are good down to the pump. Where they go into the cab I can't find where the go for power. So the relay and the inertia switch don't have any power to them is there a fuse or something I am missing I might just take it to a repair shop. P>S> I'am not a very good typer

  • candb7716 Jan 29, 2009

    Yes it does have two fuel tanks. I might take it to a mechanic and see what he says

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    I just replaced head gaskets and reconditioned heads



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Sounds like maybe the distributor is off. I run into that alot after that kind of engine work. Reset the distibutor to #1 TDC. I hope that I helped you. Best wishes.

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  • Bryon Agin Jan 24, 2009

    Have you checked the fuse, relay and inertia switch for the fuel pump? The inertia switch is located in the cab on the drivers side, up against the firewall, to the left of the brake pedal or behind the right kick panel (drivers side). If the switch was jostled to hard or kicked by accident it could trip. If it is tripped, lift up on the button, on the top of the switch, that will allow power to your fuel pump. I will be here for you until it is running, ok? So, comment whenever you need me. I really hope I helped you. If not, like I said I will be here. I do this because I like to help people. I'm disabled and need to do something. Take care and God bless, if it does help.

  • Bryon Agin Jan 25, 2009

    Did it have a button on top of it?

  • Bryon Agin Jan 25, 2009

    If that switch you found doesn't have a button on it, then that's not going to be it. If it's not it, look behind the right kick panel. It's either the inertia switch or the Electronic Control Assembly. Now, remember if you do find the inertia switch, push the button in.

  • Bryon Agin Jan 26, 2009

    Have you checked to see if the fuel pump itself was good, by running a hot wire from the battery to the fuel pump?

  • Bryon Agin Jan 27, 2009

    How is everything going?


  • Bryon Agin Jan 29, 2009

    You wouldn't happen to have 2 fuel tanks would you? Do you have a switch on the dash, that you have no idea what it goes to? You didn't mention it, so I figured that I would ask.


  • Bryon Agin Jan 29, 2009

    Oh, your typing! Trust me I've seen way worse than yours could ever be!!! Look at some of the problems on here, and you tell me. LOL


  • Bryon Agin Jan 29, 2009

    Did you check fuse #9 : 20A Maxi Fuel Pump Relay Coil

    #16 : 20A Maxi Fuel Pump Feed

    Relay #2 : Fuel Pump

    This is about all I got left for ya. I really hope that this information will get you cruisin'. If not, I am so sorry that I couldn't help you. I wish you the best, and let me know what it was, when you get a chance. Take care and God Bless.



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