Finally it was time to address the lack of engine response. I was worried the cam was flat or the carb rebuild I paid big bucks for was done poorly. After readjusting the valves 3 times, pulling the carb off & trying the one from my Nova, nothing was different. I did a leak down test & a compression test everything was good. Right around 210lbs of pressure for each cylinder.
Last thing I try was the points distributor I bought off Ebay & rebuilt. First I ditch the points after getting 2 sets of defective Standard points from OReilly. Throw on the points eliminator kit from AAW, but alas, no change. Finally I yank out the small body HEI that Dave Ray built me for my Nova...install it in the wagon & the car ROARS to life. And I mean ROARS. Thank fucking god. Now I need to find another distributor, so I go on to Rock Auto & order a rebuilt points distributor from Cardone. I expected to get the '66 up aluminum body version, but lo & behold they sent me the correct year cast iron version. Yahtzee. I shim the shaft, throw the AAW points conversion on that one & life is good.
Here's a quick video of the engine from a cold start. DO NOT PAY ANY ATTENTION to the mess that is my Dad's shop. He has a bit of a hoarding problem. I digress....
Having trouble uploading it....Is there a file size limit?
Yep, 10 megs.... bigger than that and you'll have to upload to youtube and share the link.