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Old 09-10-2019, 06:46 AM   #21
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Default Re: 1950 Ford Tudor 8BA Flathead will not start.

Are you using a test light for initial timing? Determine points are closed as the cam lobe approaches #1. with the test light clip on the power to the coil and points closed, the light should be off when it is grounded. Advance distributor until it comes on. This will put you almost exactly there.
That being said if you're running a condenser try another. I assume the spark plugs are new. You may not be seeing a good spark under pressure like in the open air. There are a lot of suspect condensers, which is why I have a pertronix. Just my experience
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Old 09-10-2019, 06:51 AM   #22
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Default Re: 1950 Ford Tudor 8BA Flathead will not start.

Hope the marks on crank & cam gear are right. I had a Melling cam gear that was marked wrong. Keep at it; you will git er go'n.
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:54 AM   #23
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Default Re: 1950 Ford Tudor 8BA Flathead will not start.

I would forget the indexer and set the valves one at a time assuring each lifter is on the heel of the cam.
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:37 AM   #24
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Default Re: 1950 Ford Tudor 8BA Flathead will not start.

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Hope the marks on crank & cam gear are right. I had a Melling cam gear that was marked wrong. Keep at it; you will git er go'n.
"GordonC" also had a problem with a mis-marked cam gear. Her's his thread : https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...hlight=Gordonc.

It's kinda long, but he gets to the heart of the problem an the fourth or fifth page. You might want to check it out.
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:08 AM   #25
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Default Re: 1950 Ford Tudor 8BA Flathead will not start.

Had same problem ,I know you said you have checked timing ,but make sure you are on compression stock when dots line up,had mine out a180. ,,,easy to do
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Default Re: 1950 Ford Tudor 8BA Flathead will not start.

Install the stock 2 barrel intake and carb and I bet it will fire right up.
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:58 AM   #27
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One time it's just an individual problem; twice, it's a coincidence; three times, there are bad parts out there.
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Old 09-10-2019, 06:33 PM   #28
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Default Re: 1950 Ford Tudor 8BA Flathead will not start.

Just to wake a few memories, there is the approach we used in our teens. Get a pal with a push bumper. Then ride around town.
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