72 Chevelle Cranks but Does Not Start
A while ago I bought a 72 Chevelle Malibu, 350 engine, originally a 2-barrel carb. Last work that was done (15 years ago) was replacing the carb (a new Holley 1850-9), and I honestly donít recall if I ever had it running after replacing the carb. So the car has sat, un-started/maintained for ~15 years.
Recently I got the car to my home and have just re-started work on it. So far Iíve drained the old fuel, added 5 gal of new fuel with stabilizer and replaced the battery, spark plugs, and fuel pump.
Iím somewhat mechanically inclined, but diagnosing and troubleshooting isnít my forte. Iím looking for some direction.
The car cranks but does not start. It occasionally makes a pop and puff of smoke out of the carb, but doesnít turn over. Fuel looks like it just drips very slowly into the carb when I throttle itÖ not a spray like I was expecting.
So before I start replacing piece after piece, I wanted some input on where to start.
My thoughts are to get a spark plug tester and check for spark. If no spark, replace the points and distributor etc.
If there is spark, remove carb and rebuild.
Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks, CJ