I have been fighting this freshly rebuilt 1961 430 Lincoln for over a month and cant for the life of me figure out what is wrong, any ideas or suggestions no matter how outlandish will be GREATLY appreciated! The issue: -The engine wont start -It has started and ran for a couple minutes 3 or 4 times. It will stutter and die and wont fire up again -Every other time I try to start it, it either wont fire or will only run for a couple seconds -A few times it made popping sounds like the timing is way out -It will only start and run if it is cold What I have tried/replaced: -I rebuilt the distributor and since have put new: -Distrubutor Cap -Rotor -Condenser (I pulled it out of circuit and Ohm'd it, it charges and discharges as it should) -Points (I have checked and re-checked the 0.016 gap) -Checked the breaker plate (it doesn't move more than it would with the vacuum advance -2x MSD Blaster 2 coils (I've changed these out twice and Ohm'd the primary and secondary both of which are very close to spec) -I have the required 0.8 ohm ballast resistor -I am running a jumper straight from the battery to the + side of the primary to cut out any wiring problems from the key to the coil -I have replaced the wire from - side of the coil primary to the distributor -The spark plugs are new and gapped at 0.35 (I have noticed 2 of the 8 have been wet after trying to fire it up) -I have a new Holley 650 carb ( I have adjusted this everywhere from 1/4 turn to 3 turns out, when it has fired up and run it has been at the standard 1 1/2 turns out) -Ive pulled the sight plugs and gas is visible right at the bottom of the hole -Gas is clean and only a few weeks old -I have re-set to TDC and lined up the distributor a couple times ( I haven't pulled the distributor just twisted. I have set it anywhere from 0 deg to 6 deg BTDC) -I disconnected the alternator and tried firing it with it out of circuit. -I have new (cheap) plug wires and I have ohm'd them all of which have high resistance but according to the specs they are supposed to. -I have multiple grounds to chassis and am able to get a good ground reference anywhere on the car. Ive tried using starting fluid to start it but it hasn't worked either. Do I need to prime the engine with starting fluid? I have done this as a one man operation spray some in and run back to the key and hit it. Would it be more effective as a two man operation? Once again any help is appreciated!