to install a distributor in just about anything.
number one cylinder
If you have
a V8 or V6 engine, climb a tree directly over your engine compartment and look
directly down on your engine. You will notice one side of the engine will be a
bit more forward than the other, usually an inch or more. Number one cylinder
is always farthest away from the flywheel.
You want to
get the distributor rotor to point at the plug wire leading to each cylinder
at the same time the piston is coming up to the top of that cylinder on the
compression stroke. Unplug the little wires from the distributor and the spark
plug from number one cylinder. Have a girlfriend wearing pink terrycloth short
shorts starter click/crank the engine until your finger is just blown out of
the spark plug hole. Connect the number 1 plug wire to the terminal in the
distributor cap that the ignition rotor is pointing. Arrange the rest of the
wires in order. Adjust timing. Miller time.
little distributor wires. Take the cap off. Crank the engine over. Watch. Duh.
number isn't cast into the intake manifold, pull a valve cover and rotate the
engine while watching the intake rocker arms just opening, starting with the
intake rocker arm for number one cylinder. Write them down legibly as
they take turns opening. I've heard you can use ping pong balls or wads of
toilet paper over the spark
plug holes and even if it doesn't really work, it would be fun anyhow. Get the
kids to help you. Send me the video.
you happen to be particularly hip, you can figure out the firing order,
distributer rotation, check your valve timing and install the distributor at
the same time with the valve cover(s)
Rotate the engine until the intake
rocker arm for number one cylinder begins to open. Stop and drop the
distributor in with the ignition rotor pointing away (180 degrees) from the
distributer cap terminal for number one cylinder. At the moment your intake
valve begins to open, your crankshaft damper mark should be between 30 and
zero degrees on the ignition timing guage on your timing cover.
Don't try and figure it out,
just do it. Don't even talk to anyone about it, you'll both just end up
babbling about 180 out and drooling and maybe you'll have end up with a tic.
you'll sue me for mental anguish I'll tell you. Intake
valves all open up about one crankshaft revolution away from top dead center
on the compression stroke. If you suspect that your timing belt has jumped a
tooth you can check it because if the belt is installed correctly, the no.1
intake valve will open as the harmonic balancer mark comes past the timing tap
on the timing cover.
all stock engine intake valves open between thirty and zero degrees before top
dead center one crankshaft revolution away from top dead center on the
crankshaft rotates two times for every time your distributor and your