here is a tough one boys, I just installed a new engine into my 1978 Datsun 280Z, and I can't get it to start. It has fuel, spark, & compression. I have checked the valves & they R OK, timing is right

Asked by Apr 15, 2017 at 06:56 PM about the 1978 Datsun 280Z

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have replaced the flow meter, the thermo time sending unit & the main Brain computer box and the ingnition switch and still don't even get a backfire. Any Help out there? I've been doing this for 50 yrs!

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what engine to what engine is in it now...i love the 280 Z..heres one of mine

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ill get back to you.....kelly

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so when it comes up on compression stroke you have that plug firing off? and there is or is not getting fuel in the combustion chamber / YOU DIDNT SAY YOU TRIED SPRAYING FUEL/CARB CLEANER IN IT..IM SURE YOU HAVE...SO AT THIS POINT YOUR NOT SURE IF IT IS GAS OR SPARK...A HUGE VACUUM LEAK?

I have douched it with fuel several times & no go. I have pulled the plug & found TDC & checked timing. I have put Injector lights on the power lines going to the injectors & it shows juice.

PS; the L28 engine is out of a 79 ZX with all 78 exterior engine parts on it. Basicly it ran when I pulled the old motor out & I haven't changed anything, it is all stock & I had 3 of these, down to two now.

yours looks sweet! come to Fresno & we will run up to McKinley Grove by Wishon & Shaver Lake!

I have replaced the flow meter, the thermo time sending unit & the main Brain computer box and the ingnition switch and still don't even get a backfire. Any Help out there? I've been doing this for 50 yrs!

I would also like to know where the juice comes from for the cold start valve?

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