Besides "honey ... your getting lucky tonight" is there anything sweeter than listening to one'* Bonneville purring like a kitten?
Willwren, you were exactly right about the plugs and wires being bad. In fact, when I went to pull the #6 wire, it was almost severed just above the connector and had been arching (thus explaining the popping sound).
The wires were only 2.5 years old and were 8mm Autolite premiums. I took your reccomedatoin on new Napa Wires and Copper Plugs
I'm a first time poster, but a long time reader. I appreciate all who contribute their knowledge here. Sometimes it'* a bit challenging using the forum search function, but I'm getting better at it.
Is there a diagnostic flowchart somewere in the archives, by chance?