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Thanks to everyone who made suggestions. As it turned out, I was lacking an essential wire from the coil to the ignition switch. As a result, the carb was just pouring gas into cylinders which then saturated the cylinders and leaked down into the crankcase. With a quick oil change (and a few hours to allow the gas fumes to evaporate), I was ready to crank her over. That engine roars!!! Now it's time to retighten everything and tidy up that jumble of wires in my engine compartment! I love it when things finally go my way!

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You might want to change the oil and filter again. My mom and us kids were down in Ohio years ago and the the fuel pump blew on our 78 T-bird dumping gas into the crank case. The shop said they changed the oil but who knows if they did or not. Three months later it was a rod knocker 302.
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bet it made you feel good to find it - that's the only way you learn about your car. now you have learned that a coil needs voltage to fire a spark plug. VMF provides you direction from a large pool of experience and no one thinks your questions are stupid. its also nice to post your successful results.
 
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