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The balancer is on zero, #1 piston is all the way up. The distributor is 180 degrees at the #1 piston. Sometimes it will crank over and other times it will just click like the battery is dead.

What is could the problem be and how could I fix it? (timing for a 455 oldsmobile motor)

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Cranking the starter is a bad connection. Ground or positive cables and wires, Check them first. Second, is if #1 piston is on the compression stroke at top dead center, balance at 0, the rotor button should be at the # 1 spot on the distributor. Not 180 degrees off.

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