Question about 1991 Ford Thunderbird
This should NOT be that hard. Remove the number 1 spark plug. Slowly bump the starter until the number 1 piston is at the top of its compression stroke. If you remove the coil wire so that it cannot start, then you should be able to have someone crank the engine while you attempt to feel the air coming out of the spark plug hole during the compression stroke. Once you are real close to the top of the compression stroke, then you set the distributer to just close at No. 1 piston position.
BTW, you should mark the distributor base with the location of the spark plug wire for the No.1 piston plug wire before doing this. The you just rotate the distributor until the points close while the rotor is pointing to that No. 1 wire mark. This becomes your "home position"
Now. install the cap, install the spark plug and wire. Snug the retainer a bit on the distributor. You should now be able to have a helper try to start the engine while you (very) gradually rotate the distributor a bit in each direction until the engine fires. The total rotation should not exceed 1/2 inch either side of the home position. Typically you will be going for an advance - so counter clockwise from the "home position" will likely get you started. Once it starts, you should see the alignment of the timing mark.
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
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