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IkariMadness
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Nov 30, 2012, 5:43 AM

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Howdy folks.

Im new to the Automotive Repair setting and have jumped feet first into a doozie. I bought a 1962 Mercury Comet. Body is in overall good condition, motor was just replaced with a 6 cylinder 200 engine. I had a local shop do the work that another "classic car guy" swears by. The engine runs but sounds really rough. I manually adjusted the choke on the carbuerator so that itll stay running at idle once it warms up for a minute or two. I wanted to check the timing to make sure its running at the 12 degree btdc that the manuals suggest. I disconnected and plugged the vacuum line, loosened the bolt beneath the distributor, and found that I cannot turn it. I want to get advice on this as I'm a little leary of putting a tool on it and attempting to "make" it turn.

Also, on the drive home (only about a mile) I noticed that the driver couldn't coax the vehicle over about 35 mph with the petal down. I've picked the brains of a few guys I know and I've heard theories ranging from incorrect timing to compression problems. Most of the engines internals are brand new, distributor, carbuerator, etc. If needed I can probly post some pictures of the engine and its parts on later posts.

The parts are in great condition and I dont think its an issue with parts being worn, torn up, or incorrectly installed.

Also note, I bought a 12v timing light but the inductive doesnt fit snuggly on the #1 spark plug line, and as such, its not firing.

Any advice is appreciated. I know just enough about cars and engines to get myself in trouble, but I'm willing and eager to learn.


(This post was edited by IkariMadness on Nov 30, 2012, 5:47 AM)


Discretesignals
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Nov 30, 2012, 6:03 AM

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Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to run a compression check first to see what you have to work with. Write down the numbers. Make sure the battery is fully charged, the ignition is disabled, and the throttle is wide open while your doing your check.





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Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 30, 2012, 6:20 AM

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Yes, see what you really have for real engine ability via compression test. You can do basic timing without a real timing light. Try to get one that works first and I could explain how if you can't easily find one.

Just know that almost no gasoline sold as "regular" is on par with what "regular" meant back when. Not a problem just make final adjustments accordingly.

None of that should be the up front issue. Not sure why with all the work it wasn't left at least close?

Easy with external carb adjusting. If anything changed know where you started so you can go back to that. If all info lost I might be able to dig up some,

T


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Dec 1, 2012, 8:31 AM

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Howdy folks.

. I bought a 1962 Mercury Comet. Body is in overall good condition, motor was just replaced with a 6 cylinder 200 engine. I had a local shop do the work that another "classic car guy" swears by.

Also, on the drive home (only about a mile) I noticed that the driver couldn't coax the vehicle over about 35 mph with the petal down.
Also note, I bought a 12v timing light but the inductive doesnt fit snuggly on the #1 spark plug line, and as such, its not firing.

* * * * Whoa back up a bit.You say someone replace /rebuilt the engine. If so you need to go back to the highly recommended mechanic and have him finish the job . setting timing should have been included. As far as the timing light, the induction clamp should fit any standard size plug wire . 9MM performance wires are a bit tight but do fit and thats as big as you should see


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mwp472
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Dec 28, 2012, 12:40 PM

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62 Comets never had a 200, 144's and 170's were the only available sixes. The 200 would fit just the same and if it is a 200 you will need to find what year it is because if it is a late model they have much different timing needs. You might have to hunt around for a casing number and post it here that could help narrow the year down. The Ford sixes were very temperamental to timing and carb issues.


Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 28, 2012, 3:53 PM

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OP never came back so this is a dead thread. Welcome but pls stick to active threads. BTW dunno how old you are but you couldn't wipe out one of those engine with an RPG. If those carbs confused anyone they are lost - Tom






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