Rats. There's a real nice chain of salvage yards between Indianapolis and southern Georgia / Alabama where you pay your buck, throw your tool box in one of their wheel barrows, and you can spend all day there. Parts are REAL inexpensive and the yards are very clean. I go to the one in Indianapolis and a few in Kentucky and Tennessee on parts runs once in a while. We have a couple like that opening up here in Wis. Now but our cars are always real rusty from road salt. You might check into that in your area. If you have to take something apart, you can sit there and experiment on their cars and trucks first before you attempt it on your own.
The first thing to do is get the distributor handled. A common failure item in them has been the "Hall Effect" pickup assembly. That is a round disc with three wires that sits right under the rotor and distributor cap. When it fails, or is missing, there will be no pulses from it going to the Engine Computer. More on that in a minute.
The ignition coil, injectors, (or the single or double injector inside the throttle body), the oxygen sensor heater, alternator field, and fuel pump or pump relay all get their power from the automatic shutdown (ASD) relay. The computer turns that relay on two times. The first is for one second when you turn on the ignition switch. Usually you can hear the fuel pump hum for that one second. The next time is whenever there is engine rotation, (cranking or running). The computer knows the engine is rotating by the presence of those pulses from the Hall Effect switch.
Once we get the distributor handled, I'm not sure what they did to the fuel pump but it sounds like it was a replacement for a dead in-tank pump. It might be easier to get a used tank from a salvage yard with the pump already in it. Otherwise, if we can't make your add-on pump work right, you're going to learn how to change a pump!
If you're really interested in learning more than just enough to get your wheels running, I have new, used, and old text books that need a good home, and I produced a lot of "Notes Pages" for my students so they didn't have to write feverishly in class. I had so much good stuff to say, there's no way they could keep up! Those probably wouldn't make a lot of sense right now, but if we get to that point, I think I can e-mail them to you as attachments. Everything is in MS Word. My specialty areas were Electrical, Suspension and Alignment, and Brakes. I also taught Engine Repair, but those first three where what I specialized in when I worked for a very nice Chrysler dealership.
Before I forget, clarify something about your distributor. Is it completely out of the engine or is it still bolted in but that pickup assembly is missing? If that's all that's missing, it shouldn't take much to handle the reassembly. Here's a photo from rockauto. Com of what the pickup looks like.
Monday, July 18th, 2011 AT 6:21 AM