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Location: Keswick, Ontario, Canada
Basic Distributor Question
This is a very basic question..but I have always struggled with this part.
My '68 327 engine has just been rebuilt. I have primed the oil pump in the engine by inserting the cut off shank of a flat blade screw driver attached to a drill. I ran the drill to rotate the oil pump shaft clockwise. I saw oil filling the oil gauge line...which is a good sign.
Now I want to install the distributor.
Manual says find TDC of #1 (at top of compression stroke)..done.
It says to install distributor so that the rotor points to the 6:30 position. No problem. But, when I go to set the timing, the vacuum advance (on the distributor) unit will interfere with a vacuum port on the manifold. This limits my ability to rotate and set the advance timing.
Can I lift and rotate the distributor one tooth clock wise and use the new rotor position as #1. This puts #1 in the 8 o'clock position. Now I can freely rotate the distributor (counter-clockwise) to advance the timing. Does this make sense?
I have not started the motor yet.
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