If it jumped time, as Jack said, compression would not be good, at least not on all cylinders. It is possible that the roll pin for the distributor gear sheared, and spark timing is lost. You did not mention that it had spark. Pull a plug wire from plug end, stick a phillips screw driver in the end and hold it close to a good ground point(front bank exhaust manifold/p/s bracket, etc.), Or use a spark tester. Spark should jump a small gap(1/4" or so), do not stray too far from ground or you will become the ground and know real quick if it has spark. Next would be the finding #1 TDC and checking rotor position. If it is confirmed to have jumped time, given the condition of the car, the price to repair can exceed the value of the car.
Friday, March 13th, 2009 AT 10:37 PM