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woobiedmd 05-22-2011 06:37 PM

Rough Running '88 Prostar
 
I need some help! My 351 Ford was running great until I changed the spark plugs-put in same Autolite 24. Now it's hard to start, runs rough, and won't idle(dies). I pulled each spark plug wire individually to see if one plug was bad/cracked. The back two on each side don't seem to make a difference! If I pull the vacum line off the carb, the RPM's go up and it seems to run better. If I remove the flame arrestor and look down the Holley 4160, I see gas streaming into the back of the carb. What's going on- I'm driving myself nuts!

JimN 05-22-2011 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by woobiedmd (Post 755151)
I need some help! My 351 Ford was running great until I changed the spark plugs-put in same Autolite 24. Now it's hard to start, runs rough, and won't idle(dies). I pulled each spark plug wire individually to see if one plug was bad/cracked. The back two on each side don't seem to make a difference! If I pull the vacum line off the carb, the RPM's go up and it seems to run better. If I remove the flame arrestor and look down the Holley 4160, I see gas streaming into the back of the carb. What's going on- I'm driving myself nuts!

Check your firing order and your plug wires.

woobiedmd 05-22-2011 08:16 PM

How do I check the firing order? I checked the resistance on 2 plug wires and they both said about 675 ohms. Is that OK or too high?

woobiedmd 05-22-2011 09:31 PM

Looked it up and I do have the correct firing order. I'm not sure how to check the wires.

Skipper 05-22-2011 10:08 PM

Just ensure that they are seated properly on the plugs and the distributor cap.

If the boat was running fine before you replaced the plugs and....
the plug wires are in the proper firing order....
then maybe one of the plug wires is not seated properly

JimN 05-22-2011 10:30 PM

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Originally Posted by woobiedmd (Post 755164)
How do I check the firing order? I checked the resistance on 2 plug wires and they both said about 675 ohms. Is that OK or too high?

The firing order may be cast into the intake manifold. If the plug wires are old, they're due to be replaced, anyway. You may have continuity but that doesn't really matter to high voltage- a spark tester is what needs to be used, not an Ohmmeter.

woobiedmd 05-22-2011 10:34 PM

I pulled each plug wire one at a time as the engine was running. Pulling 1,2,5,6 made a difference. Pulling 3,4,7,8 didn't make a difference in performance. I checked the resistance of the wires, 1:717 ohms 5:579
6:578
2:677
3:893 7:767
4:880 8:761
The coil to cap wire was 193 ohms. Are these values OK or not? What am I missing?

Table Rocker 05-23-2011 12:24 AM

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Originally Posted by woobiedmd (Post 755206)
Pulling 1,2,5,6 made a difference. Pulling 3,4,7,8 didn't make a difference in performance.

I am not familiar with your particular engine, but that looks like problems on one plane of a dual plane manifold. Are you seeing gas in both primaries? Check for vacuum leaks too.

Did you change your wires one at at time, if so you didn't mix anything up.

rjracin240 05-23-2011 06:16 AM

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Originally Posted by woobiedmd (Post 755151)
I need some help! My 351 Ford was running great until I changed the spark plugs-put in same Autolite 24. . If I remove the flame arrestor and look down the Holley 4160, I see gas streaming into the back of the carb. What's going on- I'm driving myself nuts!

Tell us more about what you see with the gas streaming into back of carb. Are you getting a lot of black exhaust smoke. Does it run better at WOT (wide open throttle)?

woobiedmd 05-23-2011 07:24 AM

I'm running it in the driveway hooked up to a hose. yes, it runs better at 2K than 800RPM. I wouldn't call it black smoke, but it smells heavily of gas.


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