No power on

Tiny
CMARTIN
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I have a 1983 Olds Delta 88 Station Wagon with a 307. Mileage is 313,870(yeah I know :roll: it's a lot). We drove it back from Arkansas(we live in Kansas)and it did great on the highway. Great gas mileage and everything. We have had to replace the starter, but that is all so far. The problem is that there is NO POWER. It takes 2 blocks to get up to 30 miles per hour. It wasn't like this before. My brother in law had it taken to a mechanic in AR before we got it to have them check the timing(the mechanic said that he didn't use the timing light because the car was too old-apparently, according to him-you can't use the timing light on older models :roll: ) So could this be the problem-why we have no power? Or could there be a vacuum line problem? Any suggestions would be greatful!

Sincerely~
Cmartin
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Saturday, May 20th, 2006 AT 1:43 PM

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Tiny
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OF course you can and must use a timing light on older engines. You CAN"T use a timing light on newer engines.

That 307 is a great engine! It has roller lifters and a racing crank set up. I think the problem is you probably have a bad timing chain and gear. The gear is made of plastic and its time has come. Have it replaced and that will solve the problem.
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Saturday, May 20th, 2006 AT 4:15 PM

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