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Old December 6th, 2017, 10:28 PM   #1  
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1970 Cutlass Problems With First Start After Complete Engine Rebuild

So I have a 1970 Cutlass (to be specific, the block is '70 and the heads are '72 7A's) 350 4bbl. I rebuilt the engine with pretty much all new parts except for the valve train. This is my first time doing a rebuild so I'm learning as I go. The car turns over, sounds like it wants to start but won't start up. I set piston 1 to TDC, I get a lot of backfire and coughing depending on where I have the rotor pointing (I've tried pointing it in different directions trying to find the right spot to start it up). Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!
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Double check your firing order and determine if the distributor is 180* out.
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Might be a good idea also to list exactly everything you did on the rebuild. Timing is a common culprit but other things may have changed if heads were planed or block decked. Remember Dist turns counter clockwise also.
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