I realize this is an older post, but maybe it will help. You need a timing light for starters. With the dizzy cap off, point the rotor where the #1cylider post would be on the cap. That will get you close enough to start the engine. Go ahead and start the engine and let it warm for a minute, then disconnect the SPOUT plug and with the timing light, turn the dizzy until the timing gun reads 13 btdc on a manual, 10 btdc on an auto. Plug the SPOUT back in and verify that your timing advanced. Tighten down the dizzy hold-on bolt and then verify your timing didn't change after you tightened the dizzy down.
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with timing light hook to battery terminal and number 1 cylinder wire then loose bolt at distributor turn distributor to set timing TDC or 0 degree. tight bolt at distributor without changing the timing
hope it helps
Is it possible to turn the distributor shaft 180 degrees and reinstall the dist ? I am assuming you have spark at the plugs, just not at the right time ? If the distributor has not been moved, and the rotor points to the wrong wire, you could have put the cam gear in upside down ?
Start from scratch. Set the #1 cylinder to top dead center. Then pull the distributor and point it to the #1 spark plug. Then you will be able to start the car without the gas spewing. Have a timing light handy and set the timing. Works every time unless the timing chain is stretched. Then change the timing chain. Good luck .
ok ran great before changes. right. you say unpluged computor to set timing.. yes.. do you mean the plug on the firewall passenger side that looks like a fuse holder kindof..?? (set timing connector ) (tan /blk wire)
did it run good during timing proceedure??? wont be MAP that is engine vacume has nothing to do with what you have replaced.
proceedure is to set timing . shut off engine , plug in.. then restart.
yes timing moves as per ECM specs. check that timing did no get out one tooth when you replaced distributor. retime . restart
With out distributor in set engine to TDC top dead center, then set your distributor to #1 cyl one on top closest to front of car, and insert with a slight turn make sure your still lined up with #1 plug stud in dist cap then snug bolts start engine and using a timing light advance 10 degrees on your harmonic based off your timing marks on timing cover (may need two people)
change one spark wire at a time on the distributor.buy new set of spark plugs wires remove them from box.match old wires with new wires to use the correct length to each cylinder.now if you need to change distributor cap.mark location distributor cap.number tag plug wires on the distributor cap so you can remove plug wires on distributor cap so you can replace cap and rotor and put wires back on the distributor cap in correct place.remember change one plug wire at a time so you wont get confuse.
If there is a pinched wire you will be able to feel/see it. If the dist cap got damaged, then it is possible the distributor got bumped or bent during the changeover. The first thing to do, is check, and recheck that you have all the plugwires at the right places. (18436572) Make sure that your wires are set in this order on the distributor cap. If they arent, then there is your problem. If they are set right, then check your timing. Or have one of your friends come redo the plug wires, and timing from scratch.