Originally Posted by ShellDude
could be as simple as coils
Exactly what I was thinking as well ...
I just didn't want the poor guy to go and spend a bunch of cash on something that may not be necessary
Compression test is the cheapest thing to do at this point.
If it passes then buy a HEI Ignition Tester to test coils
There is a tonne of other stuff the OP could do as well
Inspect Air Filter
Check Plugs (again) -- You can tell a lot from a plug for example if a coil is bad the plug will be fouled.
Check Plug wires
Oh and lets see ... how about reporting what the CEL was? There's an idea. Random misfire but I want to see the code/codes. And I don't blame the OP for this most people don't know that they should force the Mechanic to report all codes stored in the ECU.