I was hoping to not have to create this post but I am looking for ideas on how to get this engine started. First off, I am a noob. This is my first time working with a carburated engine so please go easy on me.
I purchased the engine a couple months ago and it was rebuilt. The guy had run the engine a couple times on the stand and was looking to purchase a car to put it in. He slowly sold off parts (distributor, etc) and then had to sell the engine. That is where I came in. I would really like to get the engine running and then slowly swap parts (electric water pump, heads, cam, intake, carb) one piece at a time so that I can confirm that the engine runs after each change.
460 bored .040 over
pistons = unknown
rebuilt D3VE heads = unknown specifics on rebuild
cam = unknown
Edelbrock 750CFM carb
Duraspark II distributor
GM HEI ignition module
Steps taken so far:
Primed the oil pump which went to 40-60 (can't remember right now)
Put engine at TDC (#1 piston all the way up with both valves closed)
Installed distributor with rotor pointing toward 1 o'clock
Installed plug wires and hei module
Engine didn't turn over properly with starter
Replaced starter with dbelectrical starter
Engine still didn't turn over properly
Engine wasn't getting gas
Replaced barb on mechanical fuel pump and ran clear tubing to carb to verify gas is pumping correctly
Engine now cranks over and either backfires out of the carb or shoots fire out of the exhaust manifolds.
Test to make sure all 8 spark plugs are firing (reconfirm wiring)
Recheck that the distributor is put in correctly
Recheck firing order
.... Your input goes here .....
Suck up my pride and ask my neighbor for help
Do I have to run a regulator when using a mechanical pump?
Thanks in advance.
Oh, I will get pictures up tonight. I put them on photobucket but don't have access to them until this evening.