383 stroker timing issue holley efi

Barra8.5

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Dec 17, 2020
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OH you had the holley system go bad and had to be sent in for repairs?
No not yet but i feel this is going to be the issue. I am getting fuel (due to the reading of the spark plugs, spark (pulled the wire off the distributor and cranked and can see spark) and getting air. The pictures above i cranked the motor and no luck. Calling holley right now to see if they can help me troubleshoot to see if they can find the issue
 

need-for-speed

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Feb 7, 2003
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No not yet but i feel this is going to be the issue. I am getting fuel (due to the reading of the spark plugs, spark (pulled the wire off the distributor and cranked and can see spark) and getting air. The pictures above i cranked the motor and no luck. Calling holley right now to see if they can help me troubleshoot to see if they can find the issue

Your statement “Yess it ran before but once they returned it to me” is confusing. “Returned” implies that you sent it in for repair. Can you explain?
 

Barra8.5

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Your statement “Yess it ran before but once they returned it to me” is confusing. “Returned” implies that you sent it in for repair. Can you explain?
Okay. So i had taken my car to a mechanic who installed my efi system and other parts (brakes, brackets etc).once completed he started the car for me and it ran. A day or so later he called and said it was running funny and ended up being the distributor (distributor had for bout 8 years). I bought another hei distributor and now i got it back but left with a new distributor to set timing on. This is where im stuck and car doesnt want to turn on.
 

CorkyE

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Okay. So i had taken my car to a mechanic who installed my efi system and other parts (brakes, brackets etc).once completed he started the car for me and it ran. A day or so later he called and said it was running funny and ended up being the distributor (distributor had for bout 8 years). I bought another hei distributor and now i got it back but left with a new distributor to set timing on. This is where im stuck and car doesnt want to turn on.
Do you mean it turns over but will not crank up?
 

76z28

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Okay. So i had taken my car to a mechanic who installed my efi system and other parts (brakes, brackets etc).once completed he started the car for me and it ran. A day or so later he called and said it was running funny and ended up being the distributor (distributor had for bout 8 years). I bought another hei distributor and now i got it back but left with a new distributor to set timing on. This is where im stuck and car doesnt want to turn on.
So you did not install the system? I would think the mechanic you took it to should be looking at his installation.
I would be checking grounds, and the handheld to see if anything stands out.

Did you pick up a car that wasn't running after it was already running? Just because a distributor is old doesn't mean it's bad. If it was working before all those 8 years and the only thing you changed(or had changed) was the sniper system, I would be looking at the sniper system.
Try a stock reset on it.
 

need-for-speed

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Agree with 76Z. One thing I've learned on troubleshooting is that detective skills are almost as important as technical skills. It almost always boils down to "what did I change last before it fecked up"? Questions:

1. Did it ever run with the new distributor?
2. Who installed the new distributor?
3. Do you still have the old distributor?
 

biker

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Dec 7, 2014
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I think I'm with 76Z28 when he says possibly flooded. I thought the same thing earlier when u said fuel was dripping at some point.
I assumed in post number 1 that when you said you had to replace the distributor, you meant you installed a holley distributor for spark control. Now I see that isnt the case.
Try turning your distributor counter clockwise a few degrees. That will advance it enough to help it start.

As 76z28 said, floor the throttle (this is a "clear flood" mode that every efi system I've seen has) and crank it over. Be ready to let your foot off the gas once it fires. I bet it does.

Once it idles nicely, change the oil to get rid of the excess fuel.
 
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Barra8.5

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Dec 17, 2020
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Hello guys! Sorry ive been busy hadnt had time to jump on here. Good news car finally turned on! Reason? It was a timing issue, my balancer has 4 marks on it and once i watched the intake valve go down i Knew i was on the compression stroke. Turned key gave it some gas and fired up
 




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