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Old 10-17-2002, 06:59 AM
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i am buying ashort block 350 i am putting the rest of the parts on my self its there any special way to set the timing for the first time. should i just set it to top dead center then drop the distribuotr on?
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This has been discussed a number of times on this forum. A short explaination is as follows:

Find TDC then turn the engine at the crank to 10 BTDC and drop in the distributor. Make sure it slides into the oil pump slot. You might have to use a long screw driver to turn the pump. One person on this forum drops the dist. to the cam gear and then turns over the motor until it drops into the pump slot. I like to move the pump slot.

Be sure you are at TDC on the Compression stroke or you will be 180 out. This set up will get the engine started and will be pretty close to set. Make final adjustments with a timing light and a vacuum gauge.

Make sure you properly break in the cam by running the engine at 2000 to 2500 rpm for 20 minutes the first time you start the engine. This is a must!

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One more inportant thing. When I started my SBC I took an old distributer took off the cam-gear took off all the top peices ran a connected the top to a drill and primed the engine. It worked good It got the lifters full so there was no noise at start up
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What he said. Did the same thing on my Corvair and it worked great. Got all the lifters closed to pumped up and got oil everywhere before start up.
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