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68stang351
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posted 05-23-2002 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68stang351   Click Here to Email 68stang351     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm getting ready to put the 351W in, and my question is how should I put the distributor in with regards to the timing and the physical position of it? I want to make sure its in right so that I don't tear up the Windsor upon start-up. I have nothing to go by on this distributor positioning ordeal.
Thanks in advance.

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H8CHEVY
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posted 05-23-2002 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for H8CHEVY   Click Here to Email H8CHEVY     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
my suggestion would be to pull a valve cover so you can see the valves and pull the #1 spark plug. set the motor at top dead center so piston #1 is up, then put the dist. in positioned so that the rotor is pointed and #1 on the cap. then that should be good enough to get it fired to do the break in. afterwards you can fine tune the machine. hope this helps. mabys someone has an easier way?

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steve'66
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posted 05-23-2002 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you want the easy way,

Pull the #1 plug and put your thumb over the hole.
Then crank the engine bumping it along until the compression stroke blows your thumb off the plug hole, then bump it to tdc and that's your "fire" stroke. Set your distributor's rotor to point to the #1 cyl's wire and fire that muther up! Probably on the first crank.

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Moneymaker
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posted 05-23-2002 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pull the #1 spark plug and turn the engine over by hand until you begin to hear compression in that hole. Note the position on the balancer and set it to TDC or zero with the timing pointer. Turn the distributor rotor so it is pointing to the #1 position on the cap and place the distributor in the cavity with enough room to turn it left and right equaly. WIggle it gently until it drops in and then snug it down. Hook up a timing light and crank her up. Adjust your timing to specs and go!

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steve'66
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posted 05-23-2002 10:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Damn,

Alex we must be telepathic.


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richard bohm
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posted 05-24-2002 04:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for richard bohm   Click Here to Email richard bohm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
follow the above advice and set the timing at 10 degrees btdc initial and hte motor should fire right up.

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Moneymaker
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posted 05-24-2002 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No sh*t Steve! Ah Choo! Grrrr

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