Mechanics

WHY IS MY CAR SKIPPING

1973 Ford Ranchero • 85,000 miles

I have a 1973 ford Ranchero 302, I can not get to car to start unless the firing order is 1/8th to the right of 1 so instead of 15426378 I have to do 54263751 and I can tell is skipping but not sure what to do to fix it
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Auchef334
April 30, 2012.




How did this happen?

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Fixitmr
Apr 30, 2012.
Do you mean you switch wires on cap or loosened distributor and turned it?

Tiny
Fixitmr
Apr 30, 2012.
Did you remove distributor and put it back in? You have to allow 1/8 retard when doing this as the shaft rotates 1/8 when inserting into block.

Tiny
Fixitmr
Apr 30, 2012.
I changed the spark plugs and wires and that's when it started. I have removed the distributor, But I have loosened it to try and adjust the timing ( after the original problem )
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Auchef334
Apr 30, 2012.
So if you changed wires, did you do it 1 at a time?

Tiny
Fixitmr
Apr 30, 2012.
No

Tiny
Auchef334
Apr 30, 2012.
Then how do you know if t he removed wires were not also off by 1?

Tiny
Fixitmr
Apr 30, 2012.

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