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Old 07-04-2011, 01:51 PM
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Hi All,

Hope everyone is having a safe and fun July 4th.

I spent some time moving the distributor back and forth yesterday and this morning, but no luck. Some of the video's from yesterday's attempts are linked in the previous post.

While I am confident I found TDC for piston #1 and set up the distributor and wires correctly, I have decided to do everything again.

I removed the cap and rotor to make sure everything looks ok on the inside. The distributor fell on the floor a few days back and I hope that didn't damage anything. I am thinking about removing the Ignition Control Module, taking it to Autozone and having it tested. While I'm there, I'm going to pick up a can of electric connections cleaner and spray everything down.

I tried finding TDC on piston #1 by inserting a thick wire into the spark plug hole. I put a piece og black electrical tape for reference to see how it moved. Unfortunately. The wire was of no help and actually got caught. I got it unstuck by lightly cranking the engine once.

I then had someone crank the engine while I kept my finger over the spark plug hole. Once I felt the air rush out, I tried turning the balancer using the socket but the bolt head for the balancer is now too far gone. The timing mark is at about 4 degrees before TDC. I am taking Bruce's advice #2 (75gmck25) in post 147 (page 10) to finish up:

Originally Posted by 75gmck25
Its hard to turn the engine over with the balancer bolt because you can't keep the socket square on the bolt and it takes a lot of leverage. I didn't strip the bolt on mine, but I did crack a 6 point socket from the torque I was applying. Then I tried using an old 12 point and it stripped the inside of the socket.

For my last reassembly I used two methods:

1 - Before the balancer was installed. Remove the flywheel cover and clamp a vice grips on the toothed part of the flywheel. You can only turn it about 70 degrees, but there is good leverage because of the diameter of the flywheel. I also marked the flywheel with paint (a line running straight down) once I got to TDC.

2 - A strap wrench (rubber strap type from Lowes) around the crankshaft pulley. My outer belt on the pulley is for A/C and I did not have that belt installed. Its not easy to keep the strap in place on the pulley, but once you apply pressure it tightens up and you have quite a bit of leverage. Before I installed the fan I could turn it with the strap wrench from the engine compartment, but with the fan in place I had to lay under the truck and turn it over.


As an added bonus, I've got fuel leaking from the carburetor's filter housing.

Now, I am off to pick up a strap wrench and a can of electric cleaner.
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