1981 Ramcharger 318 Runs on 4 cylinders

Tiny
CARL CARLTON
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My 1981 Ramcharger 318 cu. In. (110K miles) is only running on four cylinders. The no. 2, 8, 3 and 5 cylinders are producing no power. Fuel supply seems good. The funny thing is, these are every other cylinder in the firing order 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2. The distributor has a dual pickup arrangement. Could one of the pickups be bad? If I knew whether each pickup fired every other cylinder, that would help answer my question. It began by skipping and backfiring a lot, now the four cylinders produce nothing at all. The kicker is that, when I unplug the plug wires on these four dead cylinders while the truck is running, I can hear fire arcing from the plug wires, like they still have fire. A rebuilt distributor is only $60, would that be a good thing to try?
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Friday, August 3rd, 2007 AT 9:47 AM

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Tiny
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More info on this problem:
The problem is not the distributor, as it checks out good. The two distributor pickups are not for alternating cylinders, but one for starting and the other for running, according to the manual. It turns out that there is a fuel problem causing the problem.
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Saturday, August 4th, 2007 AT 12:43 PM

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