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There should be a notch cut into the distributor body to mark #1. If you can't find it then turn the engine over until your timing marks are lined up.You will need to lift the valve cover to check that as you move past the timing mark or TDC that the exhaust valve starts to open. If not then rotate the engine 180 Degrees and try again.

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To install:

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