Good Start/Hard Start/No Start
Long time user of a similar forum - new here.
Here is my setup. No computer/emissions. Clean, well maintained CJ
1984 258 w/2100MC, MSD 6a, TFI Coil, Team Rush Upgrade.
Upgraded to the MSD last year and swapped out my several times rebuilt 2100 for a newer, freshly rebuilt 2100. The CJ had been running like a top ever since. Lately it has sat for a month here and there without being used. Recently started to use it on a more regular basis and it became harder to get it to start
This morning I could not get it to start at all so I decided to quit messing around an fix it. Checked and verified the MSD, coil, carb shooting good fuel, plugs ok, verified timing/ TDC.
Pulled the distributor cap (brass) and found a little corrosion on the electrodes. Cleaned it off and pulled the #1 plug for a spark test. Had my wife turn it over while I looked. Turned over twice and it was running and shorting on the block before she could shut it off. Figuring I had fixed the problem (corrosion in the cap) I buttoned everything back up and went to start it up.
Nothing. Same as before. Crank, crank, crank - won't even cough.
How could it fire and run with the #1 plug out and do nothing with it all back together? Is this a clue? Ground?
I have since tested for spark through the distributor and I'm getting nothing. Suspecting a bad stator - but could this be ground related? I plan to readdress all of the grounding routes when I get home but I'm looking for some thoughts.