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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 02, 06:15 AM
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ok, just assembled the motor, #1 piston as at TDC on the compression stroke.. which cyclinder should the distributor point to when i put it in? thanks
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 02, 07:38 AM
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You want to install the distributor with the rotor pointing to #1 ... Now, it probably will not just drop in, but it should do a rough seating ... From there, you can bump the starter and the distributor should drop the rest of the way in ... OR ... You can use a tool or long screw driver to try to turn oil pump to line it up with distributor ...
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 02, 11:36 AM
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Here's little trick.

Make sure you have the plug wires on the distributor cap in the 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 (clockwise) position. Where the #1 is on the cap, isn't really important, but most cars have it in about the 4 o'clock position in the cap (looking down).

If you know you're at TDC on the #1 following the squeeze stroke, drop the distributor in with the rotor aimed close to the #1 plug wire on the distributor (or where it would be if the cap were installed). Install the cap. Pull the #1 plug wire off the spark plug. Find an old spark plug and install it in the boot.

Turn your ignition switch to the "on" position. Loosen the distributor hold down clamp. Ground the spark plug on something like the firewall. (Note...don't ground it on the valve cover, because sometimes it's not grounded,...also it's probably a good idea to keep it away from the carb).

Turn the ditributor back and forth and you'll see the sparks from the plug you're holding against the firewall. Turn the distributor just a very small bit counter-clockwise from where you're getting sparks.

This will get you very close to 2-6 degrees initial timing. Re-attach to #1 plug wire to the #1 plug. Double check plug wire routing and firing order.

The car will start right up if the carb is primed.

Good luck with your new mill.

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