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Proper placement of a 351 windser dist. in reference to the rotor button to block. witch way does it point.

Proper placement of a 351 windser dist. in reference to the rotor button to block. witch way does it point.

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It really doesnt matter where it points,as long as you plug #1 plug to where the rotor points to,with the crank at top dead center on the timing marks,just to where you know it is.But if its really important to you to have it done like the factory sets it then let me know since i own a Bronco with a 5.8

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