Originally Posted by flpnbrd455
firing order? which side should vac advance be on? this is a stock points and where is #1 on cap? do i start at TDC or past 12degrees?
The firing order is: 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2. With the distributor already in the engine, remove the distributor cap, rotate the engine to TDC w/cylinder #1 on compression stroke. Mark where the tip of the rotor is, on the body of the distributor. #1 spark plug wire goes to the terminal nearest to where the rotor points. The rest of the wires follow the firing order CCW around the distributor from #1
If the distributor is out, you can use one of the front-facing cap terminals where it's easy to see, for #1. Install the wires CCW around the cap from #1. The vacuum advance goes on the driver side, centered between the firewall and the intake so you'll have the greatest range of adjustment.
Rotating the distributor CW will advance
the timing. To first start the engine after installing the distributor, turn the distributor CW w/the engine at TDC #1 compression (or "firing") until the rotor is just past the #1 terminal. This will give you some amount of timing BTDC. This will let the engine start easier.