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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-19-2001, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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O.K. guys and gals, here is how it goes.
I have been working diligently on our Dodge M-37 piecing the motor back together part by part.
I finally get everything installed to the motor such as starter, carb, plugs, wires, coil, fanbelt, etc.
I had to wait two weeks for the gas tank to be cleaned, so I finally get it back, installed, and some fuel in it.
Next I prime the fuel line all the way to the carb with the handy lever on the fuel pump.
Sit down and start cranking a little.
I check to see if I have a spark at the plugs and, ...................Nothing.
So, I check a few wires and I found out the wire from the coil to the ignition switch has been disconnected, so I re-connect it and whala, I have spark at the plugs.
Good I think to myself, so I install the plug and crank once again.
After cranking for a few minutes the motor starts making this popping sound and the next thing I know the dipstick has blown out of the motor and some white smoke is following it.

What have I done here????[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
Can antbody help me with some information that might help me get this thing started???
Where is TR when you need him?

Thanks for the help guys.

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Do any of your pistons have holes in them? Seriously. If one does it will vent the combustion gasses right into the crank case. That might blow your dip stick out. Is it timed correctly? Or at least close?

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Good tip on the hole in the piston thing. Do a compression check, and if one cylinder is way down that would be a good indication.

You really should make sure you get your ignition timing at least in the ballpark. Then get it set propperly with the engine running. Also make sure your cam is timed correctly.

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It seems that I have good compression on all six cylinders in the M-37.
It turns out that the distributor was put in 180 degrees out of phase.
In other words, it was firing on the wrong stroke, the exhaust stroke instead of the intake stroke.
I have finally gotten it running now.
What I need to do now is get it timed correctly.
Thanks for the help and your thoughts.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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