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Old 09-19-2007, 02:52 AM
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Distributor gasket

Dang-it! I just realized that I forgot to put on my distribtor gasket! Its ready to fire up and I don't have the little circle gasket on there. Its a sbc with a airgap intake and an hei. I just dont want to go through the setup procedure with the plug wires and all. This is a dumb question but...do I need to put this in? I feel really dumb.

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Old 09-19-2007, 04:00 AM
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Yes it has to be on there. I don`t see why you can`t just pop the cap, pull out the distributor, install the gasket and slide the distributor right back in the way it was. As you pull up on the distributor the oil pump shaft will move, pull it up slow and remember where the rotor was pointing when the rotor stopped moving, then go back in with it with the rotor in the same spot. If it was in time, it`ll still be in time.
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I feel for you what a hassle. Good luck
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It just took me so long to get the rotor all set up and the firing order that I don't want to have to start over. Which brings me to this question...when you install a distributor I get the motor on the compression stroke on #1 cylinder. Do you point the rotor at that cylinder or at the terminal that the #1 sparkplug boot is on, on the disstributor? I guess...the cap? Or the spark plug hole. let me know if I sound crazy.
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Old 09-19-2007, 05:58 AM
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Get number 1 piston up on TDC ( on the compression stroke). Make a mark on the side of your distributer wher the number 1 terminal of the distributer cap is. With the cap then removed install the distributer with the rotor lined up on that mark. You might have to turn the distributer one way or the other a little to get it to crank up....then with the vacumn advance hose removed and plugged....set your timing with a timing light.
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Point it at the plug hole/cylinder..............that is about the best starting location for it. Then turn it so that the cap goes on with the #1 wire right above the rotor. It should run there, so you can adjust your timing.
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Old 09-19-2007, 06:26 AM
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This is great info. Where were you guys like 8 years ago when I built my first truck? So you do point it at the #1 plughole? I will have to chime in when I get it started for setting the timing My buddys always did the ignition stuff for me in trade for welding on there stuff.
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Next three posts are a picture tutorial..

First pic shows the tools I used for the job, I had the wrench on hand, definitely isn't the only one that will do the job..

Start with disconnecting vacuum advance, distributor harness

Unscrew dist cap & remove

Mark Rotor location on distributor base

Unbolt dist holddown

Note-(last 2 pictures of second post)
as you pull the distributor out, the rotor will rotate away from the mark you made, when it is being re-installed, do not try to line the rotor up with the mark, it will rotate itself and line up close to the mark as it is being installed(as it is falling into the hole)

Now, install new gasket on distributor

As you install the dist, do not drop the gasket (DUHHH.....)

Note that the rotor is not lined up with the mark made (as the gear meshes, it will rotate into place)

Now, finished pic of installed new gasket

Re-connect vacuum advance, harness to distributor, tighten distributor hold down clamp, screw the cap back down, and you're done.....
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Dave Vizard also has a nice sequence of text and photos in his How To Rebuild Your Small Block Chevy book . . . he shows how far to measure back for the gear twist as you lower it down and stuff . . . I followed his procedure when I put a new cam in my truck and it was spot on!
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Dave Vizard also has a nice sequence of text and photos in his How To Rebuild Your Small Block Chevy book . . . he shows how far to measure back for the gear twist as you lower it down and stuff . . . I followed his procedure when I put a new cam in my truck and it was spot on!
He has some good tips, I have two of his books on the small block chevy
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You guys have really went out of your way to help me out. Very much appreciated. You guys are definately very smart individuals. You are in my debt. I will be out there messing around with it in a few days. I am cooped up in the house with the flu. I havent been sick in ten years.
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If ya got a few days then order the book - it'll make the whole process very clear.

The best place I've found to buy new books is Walmart.com -> usually a good price on the book and their shipping is CHEAP, usually just a couple bucks!

Buy.com also occasionally has some good buys on books if Walmart.com doesn't have it.

TTYL - hope ya get to feeling better!

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