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64 crank but no start

Old 06-12-2019, 06:01 PM
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I have a 1964 1/2 mustang with a 289 swap in that iíve been working on for the passed 5 days or so. before i started working on it, it ran but it was burning coolant so i thought head gaskets and sure enough it was (iíll make a list at the bottom of new stuff that iíve put on) so as i was going through this engine putting back together i discovered that this thing has 302 heads which was interesting because in the entire complete history of the car i didnít see anything other than a 289 being purchased for the car and certainly nothing about 302 heads. anyway after research i found out that 302 heads need to be torqued so i took em to torque but that felt too tight so i took em back a turn to 0 lash instead, following the instructions completely. now iím here with a fully reassembled engine i remembered to tdc the 1st cylinder and placing the distributor at #1 before trying to start it, firing order is correct and ive done the 180 and nothing. cylinders smell like gas, spark plugs are getting spark and i have compression.
my most recent try to start it a bunch of air blew through the carb. iím stumped at this point, i hope the cam is flattened i checked 6-8 and the valves all move.
In short:
new head, valve cover, & intake gaskets
new head bolts
new wires (the cap and rotor look new)
new spark plugs
new ignition coil
Engine cranks but wonít kick over, there is compression, spark, and fuel, have rotated 180 degrees but to avail
If you want photos i can post them
i will appreciate any help.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:31 PM
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did you use Driver side plug or passenger side plug as #1
it appears to not be timed right.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:33 PM
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i used passenger. was i supposed to use drivers?
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:34 PM
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am i going to have to tdc again?
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:01 PM
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PS plug is correct

Now does the damper wheel have timing marks on it?

With your dizzy rotor pointed to plug 1 do you see any timing marks on the damper wheel?

you've tried both 180deg positions I see... is the cam gear good it didnt happen to just fail if you look at the cam gear through the dizzy hole its got good thick teeth?

what about the firing order? what are you using?

you didnt remove the cam or timing gears did you?
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:27 PM
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nope i didnít touch the gears, cam looks good using 15426378 in the CCW
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:29 PM
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my damper doesnít have any marks on it, if it did theyíre long gone
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:50 PM
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i used the screwdriver method to get it to tdc in the first place
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:42 PM
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once you saw the screwdriver reach tdc did you make a mark on the damper?

I would recheck TDC and make a mark on the damper that you can see

once you are sure that you are at tdc then make sure plug wire 1 is above the rotor.

If it doesn't start roll the engine over until you see the TDC mark indicating TDC and this time make sure the rotor is 180 out and pointing directly away from plug wire 1. Pull the dizzy and make it point to plug wire one

If it still doesnt start pull the PS valve cover and verify TDC Compression stroke by looking at the valves and check that all the valves are moving.

firing order looks good unless for some unknown reason it would use a windsor order (cam swap?)

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Old 06-13-2019, 01:33 PM
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well iíve done all that, now itís acting like it wants to start. iíve worked on turning the distributor housing (still points) and it seems to make it filer but still no cigar
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