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I bought a 1984 dodge diplomat SE 5.2 2bbl. I know it had sat a long time. Had a complete valve job done. It has been converted from the lean burn to points and condenser. I bought and installed a brand new carburetor. The disturber had been converted. I did also do a complete tune up.plugs wires disturber cap rotor points set timing. I also replaced the Ballast Resistor. Of course the radiator and hoses. Did a transmission service. And the basic PVC breather cap air cleaner. This car has 10,000 miles on it. Ran great for a week. Then after starting it left home went half a block and it died just stopped.Did get it to start once but ran bad missing and smoking for just a few seconds. Appears to be getting gas. Seams to have no spark. I was thinking maybe the coil. But really have no idea. I did change the ballast Resistor since I had a spare on hand. The wiring under the hood was a mess when I got it. We did redo everything we could see. And it had been running fine. Any idea as I am stumped. One more thing when cold starting it will not go into reverse. But once warm goes fine. Someone said there might be a band adjustment on the outside of the transmission. OK I hope this is enough information to help you help me.

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Recheck point gap--points may have slipped. Also check voltage at coil. Should be 12 during start and ~9 volts at run (run goes thru ballast resistor). Also try replacing condenser if points were OK.

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For a car with only 10,000 miles I am more than surprised it has any transmission problems. As far as band adjustments, those aren't like adjusting rear brake shoes or a manual clutch. These things must be done with an inch lb. torque wrench by someone who knows what they sure doing.
Typically cold trans fluid will not go through a dirty filter but when it warms up and thins out it will go through the filter easily

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