Re: Rebuilt my autolite carb, and other stuff... Now won't start????
First thing, looking down into the carb (air cleaner off), move the accelerator linkage to see if fuel is being blasted into the carb throat. If so you are getting fuel and have it in the bowl, if not, something is causing fuel not to reach the carb. The car should start and run even if the fuel in the bowl is set incorrectly. If the carb is either fully starved or flooded it will not allow the engine to run. If your floats are so far off that they will not allow the needle valves to seat, then the car will flood and not run. I don't see that as possible, but still....... Once I saw a guy not put the float retainers on the needle valves, and the car started then quit. The fuel level pushed the floats off and into the main part of the bowls and gas was just pouring into the manifold, car was completely flooded out.
Pull off a plug wire, hold it 1/4 inch from a grounded source and have somebody crank the engine to see if you get a good hot blue spark. Make SURE nothing flammable or no gas vapors are present when you do this. If a hot blue spark, then your coil, condenser is ok. Are your points gapped correctly? If they were not tightened, they can slip and won't open, and then no spark, or not enough to jump the gap under compression. A weak coil, condenser, or bad gap will allow a spark to make the jump OUTSIDE of the engine, but under compression you won't get a spark.
Don't worry about the vacuum advance, that's only used for mid-range throttle timing, it is not even active at starting or low rpms.
What are a few small wire issues? Are you talking about the leads into the distributor from the coil and the plate to the dist. ground? How many times I have seen Fords with spliced leads into the coil that eventually get grounded out.
The most common problem people have is the points are not adjusted correctly, the ground wire was not put back onto the plate, the leads on the coil reversed, and numero-uno, all the plug wires removed at once and the new ones put back in the incorrect order.
There is also one other possibility, it's rare, but it does occur, and it happened to me on my '55 Fairlane about 20 years ago, put on new plug wires, and car would not start. I checked them over and over and about pulled out my hair. Turns out it was defective new wires. They were broken inside. Put on another set, this time genuine Ford, and bang-started right up!
If all else fails, do a manual time on the distributor to number one cylinder TDC.
1962 Galaxie 500 XL 2 door hdtp. in chestnut/white, 390, ps, pb, ac