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My 65 Ford Falcon will not start, we checked the spark and fuel and it is both good. I heard a rattle before this happened and backfiring, does this sound like the timing chain? Or could it be a valve rattle caused by a failing fuel pump? The fuel pump had gone bad and was leaking.

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My first question is - does it have normal compression on all cylinders?
If not, it could be the timing chain.
The fuel pump runs on a part of the crankshaft, so the cam should not affect it.
If you have normal compression, fuel in the carb, and spark at the right time, it should start.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014

Testimonial: "Hi there well I am not sure about the compression but I know the car was running great before the rattling started. I thought the rattling was coming from the failing fuel pump but I think I was wrong. Several guys have looked at it and they all say the timing is off and that the chain could have jumped a few teeth and there is no way to fix that except to remove the chain and put a new one on. When I try and start it, it will try and start but won't."

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