83 ford: whats broken?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by MowJo, Apr 28, 2002.

  1. MowJo

    MowJo LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Messages: 70

    I have an old 83' ford with a 4.9 6cyl.

    Heres my question. The truck wont start and with the distributor cap off I noticed the rotor isn't moving. Whats more likely, stripped timing gear or broken distributor?

    The truck had been driven all day and after a fillup it started and drove about 20' and just died. One other thing I found was that 3 spark plugs were finger loose, which couldn't be good.

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. MowJo

    MowJo LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Messages: 70

    Its the timing gear. The teeth are sheared right off.

    Now I have a new question... when I install the new gear will I have to realign it? If so whats the best way to realign it?
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Ever thought about were the sheared off pieces went????
  4. DavidD

    DavidD LawnSite Member
    from sc
    Messages: 108

    To realighn the timing Gears? or did the gear on the bottom of the distributor Shear? Yes either way You need a Book for that truck to show illustrations to lining it all up.

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