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Old 05-08-2010, 09:39 AM   #1
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she ran then she died

hey all I have a 87 allegro p-30 with a 454 cabed motor. yesterday i took her out of storage. fired her up and it ran great. i got side tracked with airing up the tires and some other things. it idled for about a hour then died. upon futher inspection it seemed like i had no spark. i ended up replacing the coil,rotor and ignition module and it fired right back up. the only thing i couldnt get was the condenser ( it has a wiring harness attached to it.) my 2 questions are why woulde it just up and die and should i order the condenser its only 25 bucks.
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Old 05-08-2010, 10:56 AM   #2
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Well the module can burn up without cool air blowing over it combined with a lack of paste under it...
Allowing a big block "chebby" to idle for 1 hour is one of the best ways to flatten a cam I know of, They need oiled from the rotating mass the crankshaft & rods generate...


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Wils---If your Chevy has the HEI system (coil in the cap) they had some problems with the rotor burning thru and grounding out on the distributor shaft. They had such a hot spark that people never changed their spark plugs and when the gap got wide enough it looked for another path. Look at your old rotor and if it has a burn mark on the under side that was your problem. If so, check your plugs too.---the old wanderer
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