Will not start but tries

Tiny
HDORAN
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  • 1988 CHEVROLET CAMARO
  • 5.7L
  • V8
  • RWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 34,732 MILES
Newly rebuilt engine tries to start but will not. It is getting fuel and spark. It has a carburetor and has an HEI distributor. If I use starting fluid I get a small amount of black smoke from the exhaust.

I thought I should add, it has a high rise intake as well as a knock off Holley carburetor unsure of size it is either a 600 or 650. It has flat top pistons, the original 64cc heads, factory cam, roller rockers that are 1.6. Engine has ran with the original TPI setup but not good. I pulled the TPI to replace the factory injectors and broke the fuel rail so this is why I went non computerized.
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Sunday, January 8th, 2017 AT 12:50 PM

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Tiny
JOHNNY G.JR
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Black smoke usually too much fuel. Is base timing correct?
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Sunday, January 8th, 2017 AT 3:24 PM
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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Are you 100% sure the distributor is in correctly?

Firing order correct and is in sync with rotor direction?

If so, have you scooted/tweaked it a little one way or another to aid in better timing to start it up (until you can get idle speed and a timing light on it)?

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Sunday, January 8th, 2017 AT 4:26 PM
Tiny
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Yes, I have checked timing over and over again and it is right on. It just will not start. I just went and bought a brand new carburetor and no difference.
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Sunday, January 8th, 2017 AT 4:29 PM
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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What is the voltage at the positive coil wire with the key on?

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Sunday, January 8th, 2017 AT 4:33 PM
Tiny
HDORAN
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My digital voltmeter is not working but my old one shows twelve volts.
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Sunday, January 8th, 2017 AT 4:34 PM
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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I know you have checked, maybe something got missed!

I'm sending "DAVID AND CHAD" to give you a hand!

CLASS 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a2X9mSSlQY

CLASS 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=FHX1yXVyIMg&feature=endscreen

WATCH THESE A FEW TIMES, THEY ARE VERY HELPFUL

Can you send a pic of your distributor?

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Sunday, January 8th, 2017 AT 4:44 PM
Tiny
KEN
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Hey HDORAN,

Try moving the distributor a little bit counterclockwise.

Please let us know happens so it will help others.

Best, Ken
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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 4:35 PM
Tiny
HDORAN
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I have turned the distributor both ways tried 180 degrees, and 1 tooth each direction, I think I might have figured it out, it seems that the intake manifold maybe not sealing it is the one cheap thing I bought, I will post back soon and let you guys know
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Monday, January 9th, 2017 AT 4:47 PM
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KEN
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Okay sound good, have a good weekend.

Best, Ken
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Saturday, January 14th, 2017 AT 11:23 PM

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