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Old 09-17-2002, 05:04 PM
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I know you put it in with #1 cyl.at TDC on the compression stroke but not real sure about how to set the dist. in so it is on #1

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Follow the #1 plug wire back to the distributor cap and put the distributor in with the rotor button contact under #1 plug wire is on.

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If your #1 piston is at TDC on the compression stroke whichever terminal the rotor is pointing at will need to be wired to the #1 plug. It is really simple to install a distributor, you jsut need to make sure you have #1 at TDC, then make sure the distributor is completely seated. From there you can wire from where the rotor is pointing routing the wire to #1.
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Depending on firewall space, it may not be possible to "wire" from wherever the rotobug is pointing. You may find you can't clear your vacum advance pot next to the firewall. Here's how I do it. TDC (timing mark on balencer will line up on pointer on timing cover). Then fiddle with dropping Dis. in hole untill as the gear seats, the rotor points a line straight over the corner of the front of the Left valve cover. This should have the vacum pot in a spot where you can move it forward or back to set your timing. You'll get the knack of that nasty little 1 tooth turn the gear takes just as it seats. Good luck.
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OH....!!! Don't forget to look and stick a big screwdriver in the hole to line up the oil pump shaft to the bottom of the distributer. Oil pressure is a BIG plus in an engine.
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I never use the screwdriver method. I feel its a waste of time. When the gear on the dist. meshes with the cam drive gear, in the proper position, turn the engine over by hand, she drops right in, and timing will not change..you are timed with the cam, and simply need the blade on dist. shaft to line up with oil pump slot. You can also use the starter (remote switch, shorting the terminals, or bumping the ignition switch) If I use the starter, I always finger tighten the distributor clamp bolt.... just me!!
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Thanks to everyone for your help on this,think i
can handle it from here.
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how does the wiring go on a hei distributor ?

I Have A 350 Sb Chevy Engine And I Want To Put A Hei Distributor I Would Like To Know How The Wiring From The Harness Is Set Up.i Am Putting This In A 67 Chevelle That I Am Restoring.any Help On This Matter Would Be Appreciated.
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Uh... this thread is 7 years old. You will get much better info if you start your own thread, or build on the knowledge you have gained by searching the forums.
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