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Installed sparkplugwires wrong - 1983 Dodge Pickup

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  • mosley2708 Nov 20, 2009

    I figured itout,

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    what engine do u have?

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Posted on Nov 19, 2009

Testimonial: "it worked, truck is purring like a cat getting it's stomach rubbed."

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    dwayne sagh Nov 19, 2009

    Firing order 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 --------- front | 2 4 6 8 | of | | Distributor rotates clockwise vehicle | 1 3 5 7 | --------- this is the 318 firing order.

  • dwayne sagh
    dwayne sagh Nov 20, 2009

    alright that's music to my ears / i'm here to help other guys or gals like myself get their vehicle up and running .i love hearing back to see how you all made out , now dont drive faster than your guardian angel can fly .......;)

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