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Old 11-23-2010, 02:40 PM
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Does SBC Timing go CW or CCW?

I am trying to start up my motor in my newest project. It seems that it is too far advanced, I think I should turn it clockwise to retard it. I can't turn it any more as the distributor hits the firewall. My thought is moving each spark plug wire one hole either clock wise or one hole counter clock wise. My question is which way do I go?
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timing on a sbc goes clockwise
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i believe to retard it you shouldgo counter clockwise with it but i may be wrong
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If moving the distributor clockwise you are retarding timing on a SBC, the rotor spins clockwise inside the dist. IMO I would pull the dist out and reset it so that you have more room to turn it.
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If moving the distributor clockwise you are retarding timing on a SBC, the rotor spins clockwise inside the dist. IMO I would pull the dist out and reset it so that you have more room to turn it.
X2 i'm with you on this.


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If moving the distributor clockwise you are retarding timing on a SBC, the rotor spins clockwise inside the dist. IMO I would pull the dist out and reset it so that you have more room to turn it.
So I should move the distributor clockwise 1 tooth to allow it tp move counter clockwise so it can be retarded?
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I believe I am correct with this.

If you want to just move the plug wire one position, then you would go one lug clockwise.. The engine does not care where the #1 wire is, as long as the rotor lines up with the #1 lug on the cap and you have it as TDC.

If you want to restab the dist to get more rotation, you would go counterclockwise with the rotor.

Looking at the dist, advancing the timing would be counterclockwise. Retarding is clockwise..

http://www.boxwrench.net/specs/chevy_sb.htm


Please, someone correct me if I am wrong.

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I believe I am correct with this.

If you want to just move the plug wire one position, then you would go one lug clockwise.. The engine does not care where the #1 wire is, as long as the rotor lines up with the #1 lug on the cap and you have it as TDC.

If you want to restab the dist to get more rotation, you would go counterclockwise with the rotor.

Looking at the dist, advancing the timing would be counterclockwise. Retarding is clockwise..

http://www.boxwrench.net/specs/chevy_sb.htm


Please, someone correct me if I am wrong.
That makes sense to me and how I thought it would work, but other things have made sense to me and they proved not to work. Thanks
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