Ok, my 318 overheated and the heads cracked, which made me begin a rebuild from the heads up. The rebuild is done, and this thing runs real rough and the entire truck wobbles back and forth. Why? And what do I do?
Here is what I have done...
Replaced heads with reconditioned heads with fresh valve job, new paint, new gaskets, and torqued to specs. Reinstalled the rods and rockers in their original locations.
Had intake baked, new paint, new gaskets, and torqued to specs.
Had exhausted manifolds baked, new paint, new gaskets, and torqued to specs.
Carb was replaced before the rebuild, so I just bolted it back on.
Reused the plugs and wires as they were also relatively new.
The distributor was never removed or even touched since the 318 intake comes out without needing to removing it. So the timing should be fine.
I reinstalled everything according to specs and the photos I took all along the way. All new fluids. Reconnected all vacuum lines. Installed spark plugs according to my Chiltons manual.
Started it last night and it was crazy rough, rocking back and forth, and would not idle at all without my foot in the gas...I eventually flooded the carb, so I gave up for the evening.
So, tonight I am going to make sure I connected the plug wires in the proper order and I will make sure each end of the wire has good connection with the plug and the distributor cap. ...other than that I dont know what else to do. Like I said, other than removing the wires, the distributor was never touched so I suspect the timing is fine...right?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!