Originally Posted by cdminter59
The drawing of the first distributor is of an early model points style distributor and the 2nd drawing is of the HEI distributor. Like was said before as long as the rotor is pointing to #1 spark plug wire and the wires are clockwise 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 it is fine.
I was going to say this earlier, but really ...
BOTH diagrams give you the exact same information ... same cylinder numbering, same firing order, same distributor rotation and terminal layout.
That being said, I do prefer the clarity of purpose in the second diagram.