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My 66 mustang, 6 cyl, 200, 1 barrel carb won't start. I have installed a new coil, condenser, set point, new spark plugs, new rotor, rebuilt the carburator. The engine turns over but won't start. Thanks, Luia

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  • ibanhez Dec 31, 2010

    I have used start fluid instead of gas. I know gas is going into the carb, and the engines almost fired up just one time.

  • ibanhez Dec 31, 2010

    I will try what you suggested tomorrow for it's too dark now. I'll let you know the result.
    I am 53 years old, but I am not a mechanic.
    Thanks for the follow up. Happy New Year!

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Have you tried dumping perhaps a soda cap quantity of gas directly into the carbeurator?If you do that and it fires,you likely have a gas flow problem.If it doesn't fire,loosen the top half of the distributor cap.Have someone try to start it while you slightly turn the distributor cap in both directions,perhaps as much as 1/2 of an inch in each direction.In the old carbeurator engines,that was how you had to time the ignition.Other possibilities are the fuel filter,I am not sure if there was a fuel pump relay in those days,and maybe air in the gas line although it sounds as if you have probably already tried to start it enough times to get the air out.If you have any questions or need more help,just comment here and I will get an autolink to your post and reply ASAP.I really encourage responses so I can follow up properly as I know where you stand and asking someone else restarts all the explaining because we cannot see other 'Expert's' responses.Good luck,Greg

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  • Greg McCarthy Dec 31, 2010

    Try the ignition timing now using what I suggested.Another thing I would like to know.How old are you?If you are not old enough to have seen the carbeurator cars and how the ignition/plugs were timed,I can describe it better.Greg

  • Greg McCarthy Jan 01, 2011

    Thank you same to you sir.Perhaps you could even search for timing the ignition on cars with carbeurators or something like that.It is actually called advancing or retarding the spark.Actually,here is a link.I generally don't use wikipedia because anyone is allowed to edit it,but it may give you a better understanding of what is going on with this process.I only type 2-fingered because many of the reports I have ever done were hand-written because of the wide variety of things...and of course lack of computers,especially notebooks.I am 45 yo.Greg

  • Greg McCarthy Jan 01, 2011

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