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Old 06-03-2008, 01:38 PM
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rough idea where coil should be pointing on HEI?

I am just trying to fire up the 454 then pull it out of an old truck. I found all the wiring info and pictures on here for all the rest of my questions but I was wondering what the basic direction the snout on the coil cover should be facing to be " roughly close " to being in time. Mine is facing the 5 o'clock position if the firewall was 12. I put the BATT wire on the coil straight to the battery and I have 2 wires from the battery to a temp. ignition but she still won't fire not even a little. I put a new coil in the HEI also. The plug wires may not be in their proper places but, I'll fix that when it quits raining. Oh yeah, this is my first post on here. As my screen name says it all I am a diesel guy and that is all I have are diesels so the firing order, plugs, wires distributor crud gets on my nerves when I have to deal with it.
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Depends on how the distributor was installed...if properly (like the way I do it ) it should be parallel-ish or level-ish with the back of the block.
That should be able to get it runnin. After that get a timing light on it and see where your at.
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Mine is at the 3 o clock position, so long as the plug leads are on the right terminals and the rotor points to number 1 when that piston is at TDC all should be A okay.
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So paralell-ish or level-ish huh? Not 5 o'clockish I take it.
I did'nt install it myself although if I did I know it would be 180 off. Thanks for the speedy reply!
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I donīt think it matters, what matters is the plug leads on their respective terminals.
Mine is at 3 o clock now, it has been all over the place.
3 o clock is tidier.
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Distr. Position

Malc is correct. It doesn't matter where it's pointing as long as the wires are in the correct position & order. Just try to keep it where you can turn it to adjust the timing advance/retard & vacuum canister doesn't hit anything.
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Agreed, if you are running an intake with large runners you might have the vacuum advance pointing at the passenger seat. In which case #1 would be at like 7 oclock. Set it at TDC on the compression stroke and figure out where it is best suited, adjust the oil pump pushrod so you can drop it in there and start installing the plug wires starting with #1 on the post that is closest to where the rotor is pointing.

Anybody who tells you there is only one right position for this doesn't understand how the system works.
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Thanks guys, I am going to tackle it tomorrow and see if I can get her fired up. I hope I do cause I need to sell the thing before I scrap the truck or it's going with it!
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agreed... it doesn't matter, unless the firewall or intake physically restricts the timing setting. I had one where I had to install it at 9 o'clock simply so I could get adequate timing adjustment between the firewall and intake runner.
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