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hei dist position

I recently changed from a non vacuum dist to a hei unit . The car starts and runs good,but I'm taking the dist out to have it set-up on a machine. What I want to know is should the coil be prety much in line (parrallel) with the firewall? Mine is at almost a 45* angle and just doesn't look right to me . When I put it back in can I turn the oil pump rod and set the dist down in a different set of teeth as long as the rotor is pointing at #1 on the cap?

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Yes, as long as you have enough adjustment on the dist...

If the HEI has a vac unit, it sometimes limits where you can go with the different teeth...if that makes sense
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You can clock it any way you desire. You only need to be concerned about getting the timing and firing order right.
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with the #1 cyl on compression stroke and timing marks lined up at 0 where is the normal position for #1 plug wire after the dist is completly seated before advancing ?
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with the #1 cyl on compression stroke and timing marks lined up at 0 where is the normal position for #1 plug wire after the dist is completly seated before advancing ?

Anywhere you want it to be. Wherever it is convenient for your installation. I like mine in th back on the driver's side because it fits my wire looms better.
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I always set them up so the wires coming out of the distributor body are at the 6 o'clock position, in other words directly in a straight line to the center of the hood.
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You can make the #1 location at any position you wish. Then place the rest of the wires in the cap following the firing order in a clockwise direction. Below is a diagram of the "stock" location for reference. Left click on it for a larger view.
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