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Well, yesterday was the day. After 2.5 years, the engine was supposed to fire and the car drive (up and down the driveway). After checking and finding spark and gasoline, couldn't figure why it would not start. Ran a compression check and there is zero, nada, the big goose egg, zippo, zilch, compression in any of the cylinders. Fortunately, it was late enough in the day and I was tired enough not to react. put the car under a cover and called it a night.

This morning, inspiration struck. When I adjusted the valves after putting on new cam, lifters, intake and carb, I had the timing pointer (new, sold by NPD) mounted on the wrong side of the engine! The new pointer would only bolt up on the driver's side. After installing the new Edelbrock water pump appropriate to the year of the car (driver's side outlet) I could not see the timing pointer. So, back to the stock pointer which I pulled off the car. The only place it mounted was on the passenger side. hmmmm. Although I re-set the distributor, I forgot all about the valve timing. Seems my TDC for purposes of adjusting the valves was 70 degrees off from the TDC known and beloved by the cam! Boy am I silly. Today, it's off to the valves and re-adjust using the TDC which the cam is ground for. Nothing like having your crank, cam, and valves all talking the same language. Pass the doofus award, I earned it this time.

sure it's fun (most of the time), but it's only a car.

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