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What is the placement of the ignition wires from the spark plugs to the distributor cap on a 1986 Ford Thunderbird?

I accidentally took out the ignition wire set out of the distributor cap and didn't look at where they had come from. So basically I need to know where the ignition wires are placed on the distributor cap.

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Before installing distributor , visually inspect distributor . Inspect the O-ring. It should fit tightly and be free of cuts. The drive gear should be free of nicks, cracks and excessive wear. Rotate distributor drive shaft. It should move freely, without binding.
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