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64 Olds will not start

It has been running fine for several weeks. This morning when I started it, it ran fine for 20 seconds then began to run rough and then stalled out.

It has yet to start since then. I have tried pumping the gas with no luck. If I hold the gas down, it seems like it wants to start, but then I get a bad -almost grinding sound from the starter I think.

The car has a rebuilt Olds 350 rocket in it.

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IF you are still running the old points distributor, check your points, and condensor. Make sure the plugs aren't fouled from trying to start it either. Next step would be to step up to a HEI distributor if you want reliability and ease. The HEI provides better starting/idling, and better throttle response. IF you have already done the HEI swap, make sure the coil is getting power when you are turning over the vehicle. You will need an assistant for this. Make sure you have at least 12 volts at the wire. If you are getting voltage, check to see if you are getting spark. If you are getting spark, check timing. IF your timing and spark are there, try spraying some carb cleaner in the carb, and see if it starts. IF it does, you have a fuel pump/filter clogged issue. If you have fuel and fire, and the plugs are good, last thing to check is compression of the cylinders. You should have at least 125 psi per cylinder, with no more than 10-15% difference between cylinders.

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