Hey guys. I have been having some starting issues lately. Let me tell you what I'm certain isn't the problem first. Since I got the car in March, I have replaced the alternator, battery, battery cables, ignition coil, spark plugs, cables, fuel filters, main relay, distributor cap & rotor, as well as a number of other unrelated things. The previous owner replaced the fuel pump and fuel tank. The starter is certainly working also.
I have become convinced that it is the distributor/timing issues and/or the carburetor tuning. So I have two questions:
1)When I changed the distributor cap, I broke off one of the bolts holding the cap onto the distributor. I didn't have the capability to drill it out at the time, so I JB Welded the cap on and figured I would replace the distributor later. Well, that worked for a while, but the weld has come off. So now is the time to replace it. I figure I can pull one at the local Pick-N-Pull and give it Dr_Snooz's lazy rebuild. My question is this: what do I look for when I am pulling a used distributor? What should I avoid, what points to a good one? Will one off an EFI work as long as it is TEC like mine?
2) The car has run before, but at some point I decided to turn the screw on the back of the carburetor. Not sure what I was thinking at the time, but I did it. I figured out I was doing something wrong when it felt like it was about to come off in my hand, so I turned it as far back the other way as I could. Where is this screw supposed to be? All the tuning procedures for this screw in the service manual seem to based on already having the engine running. What can I do here?
Thanks for all the help you guys have already given me with your previous posts. Love the site and the community.