[Public-list] 78 Amp alternator/Atomic 4

Meinhold, Michael J MICHAEL.J.MEINHOLD at saic.com
Tue Sep 7 12:17:40 PDT 2004

George -
 That's next - I bought a compression tester that should be somewhat
superior to my thumb in evaluating maximum cylinder pressure. All four
cylinders were sparking when I put it back together, and I am sure I have
plug wires correct. It's just a bit confusing because it's an older
distributor, so number one wire is on the back of the cap.

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Subject: Re: [Public-list] 78 Amp alternator/Atomic 4

On Tue, Sep 07, 2004 at 02:17:33PM -0400, Meinhold, Michael J wrote:
> Chris, thanks, but it's now electronic ignition, brand new rotor, new cap,
> rebuilt starter, new alternator, new fuel pump, new wires, new head
> I re-timed the distributor at the dock.
> When I took off the head, there was a lot of carbon built up, and Don
> says overcooling can create that problem. I didn't want to take the time
> a valve job, which would probably have entailed pulling the engine, but
> were kind of dirty, although were functioning.

Have you tried a compression test?  I'd do that (dry and wet) before
assuming it's the valves.

 - George
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