Re: 1988 ford ranger 2.9 extended cab 4wd gas smell out exhaust and hard start?
spark. sounds like your not getting good spark on start up and that explains the gas smell too. id take your cap and rotor off and just use some emery to clean them up and pull your plugs and look them over, clean them off a bit then see if it fixes anything. if not could be coil or other things. maybe timings off. like another person said quit throwing money into it. look at stuff before you replace it or take it in to get looked at. usually if something can be temporarily fixed (plugs, cap and rotor) when the problem happens again you can determine thats probably it. then replace it and see what happens