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Cap and rotor done, car still feels like its missing... :mad:
 
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It's driving me nuts. I'll get the calipers swapped tomorrow and get time to go to Nate Nate VERY soon.
 

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Are you still going to be able to flip it and at least make some money or break even?

I don’t remember if you posted what you paid, but youve put a ton of time and money into this one so far.... Did the person who stopped driving it say if this is the reason they stopped driving it maybe?
 
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I'll be able to sell and make a little $. This was more of a project to restore a car. If I look back historically, this will certainly be my most profitable car, period.
 
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Nate Nate you have time tonight by chance? I got the brakes sorted - the engine is still running like ass. I think its either a coil or dizzy, or both, issue. :roflpicard:
 

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If you have a heat gun, check the individual cylinders to see if alll are firing. Easy test without taking stuff apart. If you see a difference in one or more cylinders at least it narrows down your issue.
 
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yeah agree in theory but it doesn't seem to help....

I've replaced plugs, wires, cap, rotor, injectors, fuel pump and regulator. Unless its an injector wiring issue, everything is new and should be delivering fuel and spark consistently.

I tested with a temp gun recently, and the front 3 on both sides seem to run at approx the same temps, the rears both seem to run a bit cooler.

Driving it down the road today... it misses randomly and really feels like its struggling randomly, not like its missing on one cyl. Wondering if the coil is weak.
 

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yeah agree in theory but it doesn't seem to help....

I've replaced plugs, wires, cap, rotor, injectors, fuel pump and regulator. Unless its an injector wiring issue, everything is new and should be delivering fuel and spark consistently.

I tested with a temp gun recently, and the front 3 on both sides seem to run at approx the same temps, the rears both seem to run a bit cooler.

Driving it down the road today... it misses randomly and really feels like its struggling randomly, not like its missing on one cyl. Wondering if the coil is weak.
Coil and distributor are all that are really left. When you swapped the rotor and cap did you notice if the distributor shaft was rusted? Maybe pop the cap off and look.

To bad you are not closer, I think I have a coil laying around and my old distributor.
 
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Coil and distributor are all that are really left. When you swapped the rotor and cap did you notice if the distributor shaft was rusted? Maybe pop the cap off and look.

To bad you are not closer, I think I have a coil laying around and my old distributor.
I wouldn't suggest its perfectly clean by any means... is that an issue? Sorry if that's a dumb Q.

If you do still have them, I could drive out to ya and grab them. 👍
 

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I wouldn't suggest its perfectly clean by any means... is that an issue? Sorry if that's a dumb Q.

If you do still have them, I could drive out to ya and grab them. 👍
Let me see if I can find them. Although I am not sure if they are good or not as I replaced everything on my car when I was having ignition issues a few years ago. I know my distributor shaft was pretty rusted and was told that could cause the issues I was having.
 

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No luck yet. It's like 120+ degrees in my attic right now, can only stand about 10 mins up there....lol. I am picking up my car this weekend at my parents house, they may be back there. I'll look and let you know.(y)
 

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Have you put a vacuum gauge in this yet? PCV connected behind the engine? Vacuum tree under the upper intake connected/sealed up? Hose from air intake to oil filler neck attached?
 

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Nate Nate you have time tonight by chance? I got the brakes sorted - the engine is still running like ass. I think its either a coil or dizzy, or both, issue. :roflpicard:
I’m taking the night off tonight Dan, my week got shot to hell so it’s a kid night. I have a variety of coils and distributors if you don’t mind waiting until Sunday evening. Breaking up under a load by definition is usually ignition related. Poor car I think has multiple problems that need to be diagnosed
 
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How are the plug wires routed? Sorry I'm just throwing anything I can think of your way 🤷‍♂️.

I bought 9mm Ford Performance Racing wires for this silly thing, including new looms, they're organized pretty well and away from grounding opportunities... I've even gone as far as moving boots and wire routing while its running to see if I can hear/see the miss go away. Nothing.

Solid idea tho! 👍

Like 1MEANGT 1MEANGT said, the only thing left at this point is the distributor. I'll be patient and wait for Nate Nate to have time.
 
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Update

Turns out its something easy. Something called compression. I'm lacking it... looks like probably 4cyl are down various amounts. :rolleyes: Huge thanks to Nate Nate for his expertise and willingness to look over this car for issues. His knowledge and tools were invaluable in finding the issue quickly.

SOOOOO.... I'll be tossing an engine into this car!

Anyone know what years I can surf that'll work as a transplant motor? I was looking for Explorer engines. Found a 97 for $450. Would that work?

Looks like I'd need to swap: exh manifolds, valve covers (need a new set), flywheel, all the accessories, and the fuel injection. Seems like many swap the cam as well. :LOL:Am I missing anything?
 
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I'm also reading that I might need to move up to 24lb injectors... which means a MAF as well... :fu: This might be more than I want to bite off for this car...
 

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