It has taken longer to get to this point than I expected, but that happens when you have a job and a hobby. I was finally ready to start the rebuilt 318 poly head engine in the Power Wagon. I bought the three deuce Rochester set-up on ebay and the seller said the carburetors were rebuilt and set up for a progressive linkage, but before trying to start the engine I took all three carburetors apart and cleaned them thoroughly just in case. I double checked all my wiring, double checked the timing, checked for fuel at the pump and topped the engine oil and antifreeze off.
With today’s engine oil lacking in the zinc department I decided to use Royal Purple break-in oil and I added a break-in additive from Schneider Racing Cams, where I bought my camshaft. Everything checked out okay so I hooked the battery up and attempted to start the engine for the first time. It turned over but there was no sign of it trying to start so I stopped cranking it within a few seconds. I decided to pull the number 1 spark plug and check the timing again. When I pulled the plug I noticed the electrode on the end of the plug was completety bent over, there was no gap. I just finished gapping all of the plugs for the new electronic ignition so I thought that was really odd. I decided to pull the other plugs and check them. It’s a good thing I did because almost every spark plug had the electrodes bent over. Turns out the plugs were for a LA 318 and not a poly 318 engine. If you are building a poly 318 A series engine be careful when it comes to interchanging LA series and A series parts. I have run into several situations where the parts did not work and it can be very frustrating, time consuming and costly.