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Ok, Update here, got the new distributor in yesterday, it's the new version where all the top parts actually interchange with a Chevy HEI, it fits, no issues, ready to rock. The only manual I have for this motor is for points. I cant remember the exact firing order without the book in front of me, but for my piece of mind with a Chevy engine, I'd just set TDC (which I've already done on this engine) drop the distributor in with the rotor pointing at #1 cylinder, plug in the wires and away I go...

If I read the manual right on this one, #1 is always pointed opposite from the #1 cylinder on these motors. Where should I set #1 on the new distributor? Anyone done this before? Does the firing order change at all with the new HEI?

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Ok, Update here, got the new distributor in yesterday, it's the new version where all the top parts actually interchange with a Chevy HEI, it fits, no issues, ready to rock. The only manual I have for this motor is for points. I cant remember the exact firing order without the book in front of me, but for my piece of mind with a Chevy engine, I'd just set TDC (which I've already done on this engine) drop the distributor in with the rotor pointing at #1 cylinder, plug in the wires and away I go...

If I read the manual right on this one, #1 is always pointed opposite from the #1 cylinder on these motors. Where should I set #1 on the new distributor? Anyone done this before? Does the firing order change at all with the new HEI?
#1 is usually close to the 12 o'clock position(looking from in front of the grill). The firing order on a 351W is 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8, counter clockwise rotation.

The firing order will not change using that distributor.
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#1 is usually close to the 12 o'clock position(looking from in front of the grill). The firing order on a 351W is 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8, counter clockwise rotation.

The firing order will not change using that distributor.
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Reccomended degrees advanced? I was thinking 12-14?
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If I read the manual right on this one, #1 is always pointed opposite from the #1 cylinder on these motors. Where should I set #1 on the new distributor? Anyone done this before? Does the firing order change at all with the new HEI?
There were some distributors that the firing order was different on. The way to tell this is to look at the underside of the cap. If it has a 'smooth' finish the wires go on in the firing order.

If it has 'cross cap paths' the wires go on in this order 1-7-6-4-3-2-5-8 counter clockwise.
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Reccomended degrees advanced? I was thinking 12-14?
Is it computer controlled?
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Is it computer controlled?
Nope, no computer...

Different question. I just put a Barry Grant Demon 750 on there, first time using one, brand new right out of the box. The throttle linkage is stiff and with the pedal hooked up, will not return to close. I have not installed a throttle return spring yet, just seems a bit unusual to me. My Holley on my truck didnt do that. The throttle is not jamming or binding, operates smooth, just a bit tight and wont return on it' s own. should I worry about that or not? I'm going to put a spring on it after I finish the distr anyway, but juts want to check and see of anyone else has had that problem.
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Try it with the return spring installed, to see if it returns all of the way. It almost sounds like the linkage is binding up. It could be dry, and just needs to be lubed.
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how many degree's of centrifugal are in the dist you just bought tells you what the base *'s (max) can be....

start with just 6* base and read the total timing at 3500+ to tell how much cent there is....EX: 32* total minus 6* base=26* worth of cent and kinda typical for a stock Ford dist cent advance....

most HEI's are only 20-22* worth of cent so you can use more base timing....

best base and total values depends on the motor build details (cam/CR/etc)
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on the distrubter

make sure the know the year of the block,I converted my motor from points to hei and i kept getting the same problem and when i ran the block casting numbers i finally got the right one.TDC on the compression stroke and when you drop the dist. get the rotor as close to #1 plug wire as you can so you will have some play to advance or retard the timing depending on the motor and what you have in it.
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as I said in the earlier post, 351 windsor is 5/16, 221-302 is 1/4.
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