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Not Getting A Spark

I replaced the motor in my 88 with a motor from an 86 and when i turn the key it barely wants to turn over it takes several turns from the key to get a full revolution. I replaced the coil because im not getting a spark to or from the distributor. I still dont have a spark and it barely wants to turn over.

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Check battery connections at posts, frame ground, auxiliary ground, and starter. check starter. afriend of mine rebuilt his engine and it cranked over slow. before the starter was fine. starter was weak and he had a lot more compression

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CHECK THE TIMING BELT/CONDITION OF OIL/CHECK IGNITION SWITCH

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Hi does the motor turn with key but doesn't start?, If so take a spark plug out and replace it back into the spark plug lead and earth it onto a steel part of the body(make sure it's touching something steel). Have somebody turn the key to see if your getting spark. If you have spark then you have a fuel blockage but if you don't have spark but have new coils and battery then it could be a loose wire in the coil harness meaning electrical......
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