Day 4 – Started with swapping the starter out – a bitch as usual – but got it done. Back to the engine bay I jumped the solenoid and the engine cranked away!! I spent the next 20 minutes cleaning Marvel Mystery Oil off the fire walls. Then back inside to bump the ignition - - Nothing! Grabbed my trusty meter and went back to the solenoid to check power at the ignition wire and as I went to pull off the push-on connector I found the wire dangling below the connector.
I found a connector that would work temporarily and spliced it on. Went back to the ignition switch and it just cranked and cranked!! Oh yeah!! Now I was feeling lucky, so I gaped and installed all new spark plugs I had gotten my last trip to the parts store for the starter and then hooked up a fuel line to a small gas container and primed the carb with fresh gas. Went in the car – hit the key and it just cranked and cranked!! But didn’t fire.
I came back out and pulled one of the plugs I had just installed and jumped the solenoid again with the ignition on. No spark at all. I pulled the cap cleaned and checked the gap at the points. I made sure the points were working and they were. So I figured it must be the coil. I then tested the coil with a spark plug and had no spark. I have a couple of coils laying around the garage, so I decided to swap out the coil and as I took off the positive wire its push on connector fell off in my fingers.
I found another connector to use temporarily and spliced it together. I checked for spark again and Boom!! – Good spark Finally!! I poured some more clean fuel down the carburetor got back in the car and cranked it over and the old engine fired to life for the first time in 20 plus years
it smoked like crazy due to marvel mystery oil and seafoam but it cleared up after a few minutes – I held it at a high idle for several minutes then turned it off. I let it cool off till it was cool enough to top off the coolant.
I put more seafoam in the carb and some more fresh fuel and started it up again. This time I let it run at a high Idle until I saw the thermostat cycle and when I finally let off the gas the engine came down to an idle. Just like that!! Just sitting there - purrrring away!