In an attempt to get my 350 running again, I had isolated the problem to either the distributor or the timing chain having jumped a tooth. I decided to tackle the distributor first. I got a known-good distributor and installed it, with new wires, coil, cap, and rotor. I popped it in and it didn't make the old 350 run, so for kicks I decided to hook the timing light up and make sure the inductive pickup would register a spark through the wires. Well, no light and no spark. What gives? I checked that I installed the coil and ground correctly. I checked the ingition hot wire and that it was reading 12V into the BAT terminal. The little three-spade wire from the dist. body to the cap is installed correctly. I am starting to think I should go ahead and yank the engine and put in the on-the-cheap rebuilt 350 before I was planning to (which means I need to go ahead and put it back together.) Is there something basic I am just missing? -- Mike <font color=blue> The mud's on it to hide that it's more than one color.