1994 Chevy Van Inconsistent spark

Tiny
FERGIE342
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  • 1994 CHEVROLET VAN
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 241,000 MILES
The G30 I just bought (350 w/100k since rbld) makes almost no power. I got passed by a loaded schoolbus off the line this morning, and I'm getting single-digit mpg. I set the timing, replaced filters and bad vacuum lines and read the plugs; they're dry, but a dark rust color in most cyls. I went around the distributor with the timing light and found the aft 4 leads (cyl #7-2-1-8) indicated inconsistent sparks while the others produced a smooth strobe. Changing the cap and rotor had no effect. Is this a camshaft position sensor issue, or something else?

And speaking of timing, the VECI sticker calls for 0-BTC. Does that sound right?

VIN: 1GCHG39K1RF106794

Update: Replaced pick-up coil and ignition module and still have the same problem. In fact, maybe I didn't catch it before, but it seems that all cylinders are skipping. What else would cause this?
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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 AT 5:35 PM

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Tiny
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That timing setting sounds right. That engine ( K ) is aTBI unit, they are very solid. Sounds like you may have a module/pick-up coil going bad in the distributor.I would replace both at that mileage, they are both known to act odd at high mileage and fail. That engine doesnt have a cam or crank sensor so the pick-up coil and ignition module are it, much simpler than the newer ones
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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 AT 8:44 PM

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