Hey guys, Got towed for the first time this weekend. I would like to make it the last. Im not much of an engine guy other than some basics, so looking for some advice. This might be a little long but I want to try to give all of the details.
Just got this boat with a stock 460 ford. Has been running great for 4 trips this year other than some oil coming out of the block at the distributer. My father in law who is a legit mechanic marks the distibutor and block and pulls it to replace the seal. We put it back in at the same marks and fire it up at home. Starts a little rough but I think its just cold.
Go to the river this weekend, boat fires, but dies several times, idling a little rough, and hiccups out of the carb at idle in the marina. I go out a little and hit it, but something isnt right. Takes twice as long to plane out and im only getting 4000 RPMs rather than the usual 4500. I drive about 3 miles and it hiccups again as were cruising. Doesnt die and runs pretty consistant, but feels like its lagging and still not getting over 4000 RPMS.
At this point I think timing must be off. I dont have a timing light but have the marks from when we pulled the distributor as a start point, so I advance it slightly. RPMs at idle go from about 400 to 600. Seems to idle a little smoother. We take off and still not planing as quick as normal, but after getting on plane i get the full RPMs so I figure we are close enough for now and I just need to pin down timing when I get home. Head over to a beach, park it for a couple of hours and then it doesnt start again. Checked spark off of 2 different plug wires and get nothing. Then get towed in.
I am told this is a GM style HEI pro comp distributer. (google doesnt provide many good reviews of the pro comp distributor)
Was my ignition starting to fail and then just took a shit when I adjusted the timing? There are a couple wires going into it that are connected, but done feel tight, and the wire housing is resting right against the distributor.
Any suggestions are appreciated.