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1988 Chevy K5 Blazer - wont start. not the battery or starter. After about 5 seconds, it smells like the engine is ''flooded''. What could it be?

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    What size engine and is it injected or carbureted?

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Check the coil, and distributor, cap and rotor asembaly

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