Engine

This page will be updated sometime in the future when I get the time… In the meantime please check out my restoration journal. And here are all the posts I’ve made related to the engine – there’s a load of information in the posts, so check them out!

 
How to rebuild a Rochester Quadrajet carb
 

 
 
 
 
 
9 Comments
matt | 16th July 2009 at 7:38 am

im 17 and tryin to start on a 67 firebird and the engine wont start. it will crank a little bit but will die after one or two tries and where can i find quarters for it? i live in springfield ohio and cant really find much

Lloyd | 16th July 2009 at 7:48 am

First thing would be to try a new/charged battery.

There are lots of suppliers for new parts, here are a few:
National Parts Depot
Classic Industries
Ames

Also this site is very helpful, there’s lots of information:
http://www.firstgenfirebird.com

Good luck and have fun!

 
Derek | 4th June 2010 at 3:48 am

early-birds.ca

 
 
John Gaydos | 15th September 2009 at 3:53 am

i have a 67 firebird with a 1970 350. i’m 19 and my dad and i have been trying to get the spark plugs to spark for quite some time. The engine cranks fine with 2 different batteries and it has an HEI distributor that seems to be getting 12 volts. any suggestions to get the spark plugs to spark?

Dino | 19th October 2009 at 1:49 am

Though your distributor is getting voltage it may not be producing spark when the engine is cranked. Take a plug wire off any spark plug (one easiest for you to get to) place a used plug in it the wire and lay the plug on the engine where it is getting some ground and where you can easily observe the plug. Have some one crank the engine. If no spark the problem is in your distributor. Make sure there is a rotor in the distributor. A few things in the distributor that can produce a crank and no spark. Faulty ignition module, pick up coil, and or the coil. These last three I mentioned any one of them will cause no spark. The cap, wiring, voltage and coil button are things you can check easily. Just make sure you havent hooked the power wire to the tach side of your coil if the wire connectors have been replaced for any reason.

 
 
Paul | 28th November 2009 at 11:41 pm

If your having trouble starting your car try the shift sensor in the floor shifter. I have found that 8 out of 10 times it is the sensor. What I am in need is to understand how the front bumper and lights go back on. I am currently on a total resoration and just need the back and front bumpers, headlights, and seats to be done. It has been a long road but fun!

 
ANTHONY P | 10th January 2012 at 11:27 pm

WHAT ABOUT A 68 FIREBIRD OVER HEATING? I KNOW THERE KNOW FOR THAT ISSUE?

 
Leo Gutierrez | 19th September 2012 at 7:09 am

i am 18 and have a firebird 67 and it has been sitting in my back yard for years and trying to get it started now
it doesnt start and has old gas in it and no recent oil change it doesnt even crank. before it was left alone it was running perfect.
what should i do?

Lloyd | 19th September 2012 at 8:19 am

If the engine doesn’t even crank then your first problem is electrical. Try to recharge your battery, or try a new one.
Does anything happen when you put the key in? Do the dash lights come on, can you hear the starter solenoid click when you turn the key?
First try the battery and let us know how it goes.

 
 


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