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1986 nova all at once it started missing no oil in coolant

Doesnt seem to have a bad head gasket

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I'd personally start by checking the basic ignition components; spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap and rotor. If any of these items are damaged, worn or just no longer up to specification then they're likely to be the culprit. Mine just went through a spate of stalling and wouldn't restart because the wires were no longer insulating properly...weak spark, wouldn't ignite the fuel.

Let us know if this helps, and if not try to provide some more detail regarding the conditions when this is occuring.

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