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Old 09-16-2013, 01:59 PM
Gen1dak Gen1dak is offline
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Sounds like your distributor synch may be off. It's a much more precise alignment required in the Magnum. Not like the old days when you could drop the distributor in and it'd be essentially correct, requiring just a little adjustment to get it right, all the while starting anyway. You can test with a DRB tool and it'll give you a + or - to advance or retard the distributor housing (like adjusting the base timing in older models, just give it a twist), or you can just set up a pattern. Loosen the distributor hold-down slightly, and, in very small increments, turn the distributor, then attempt to start. Try a couple times, then go back to your baseline, and go in the opposite direction a couple times. It's a trial and error method, but if you don't have access to a DRB tool, you can still find the sweet spot. Once it starts, don't forget to re-tighten the hold-down bolt.
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