I replaced the fuel pump, the old one was full of rusty particles. The new one just barely didn’t fit through the spaces between the pump and the block, so I had to widen the spacer with a file.

Now it’s definitely getting fuel, but still wouldn’t start. I pulled a plug and cranked it, no spark.

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I checked the points gap, which was way too wide for some reason. I also discovered that there’s a hilarious amount of play in the distributor. So with points set correctly (I think) it still gets no spark. I’m starting to think that the guy I sold it to/bought it back from must’ve been screwing with the timing and the points and put them way out? But that doesn’t quite make sense, there would still be spark, just at the wrong time. So something is wrong between the points and the spark plugs. And I’m 99% sure it’s not the cap, rotor, or plug wires. So I don’t know what that leaves to be wrong. I know there’s electricity at the coil, and at the points. Whatever’s wrong, there’s so much shaft play that I think I need a new distributor anyways.

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It’s a pretty tired looking unit. So there’s the Volvo update, check back in next weekend if I get a new distributor by then and see if it’s running yet.....