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1985 camaro that does not crank

I have a 1985 chevy camaro that cranks but does not start. I have a holley carburator on it & i have checkd for any vacumn leaks. I have also gone all the way down to tearining the timing chain and my car will still not start. The distributor has also been taken on & off along with my Holley carburator and ignition coil and still no luck. Please note that my car does have fuel in but I also have an MSD digital 6 plus with distributor and a HVC2 coil. My spark plug wires are new and i have BOSCH Platinium 2 along with Holley electric fuel pump (blue with fuel pressure regulator)

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  • bbgirleptx Mar 08, 2009

    thanks allredy tried all u sed 5psi a new old style hei the carb from a frend that works but not on mine the chain is straight up



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Stop jumping all over the place!!! 1. check for spark. If none find out why. Check for proper timing. "basiline" timing at about 8 degrees btc. MSD units are nice when they work, but if no spark, pull it out and get an old style hei setup and stick it in there for a while.(hooks up with one hot lead) 2. If spark is working, check bowl levels on carb (I do this by attaching a syphon hose to fuel inlet and opening port on side of each bowl, adjusting level so fuel does not spill out and is just below level of hole.You checked the it in "straight up"? (cam mark down, crank mark up)
Fuel pressure should not be above 7.5 lbs. in fact, for start up testing I'd lower it a bit to about 5psi. (use a gauge) That way you won't be blowing needle valve off the seat. Unless you have the valves adjusted too tight, there is no reason for it not to start!!!
Good luck!

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  • Richard Scordino Mar 09, 2009

    Thanks for the pair of green fig newtons (that's what they look like!!!)
    I built chevy racemobile engines for a long time.(thats why "thundergod") You may think that some of the questions I ask are pretty dumb, but I'm not there to see or hear what's going on there. Here are some more dumb questions: Are you getting any spark at all? If so, is the engine backfiring through either intake or exhaust? Have you checked engine compression? Are the plugs wet or dry after cranking for a while? Was this a total rebuild or did you just add stuff to the top end of the engine?
    How did the engine run before you did this stuff? Stick with this and we will light your fire!!



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