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Wiring diagram for distributor cap

Wiring diagram distributor cap, the schematic does not match the way the cap is positioned in the engine.. Will not fire, I had a diagram in the past that worked?

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The old fashioned way to check this is to remove your distribution cap and watch the position of your rotor arm to see which position it is for cylindar 1. then take out the spark plug for cylider one and use a light to see inside you should be able to see the piston move up and down throgh the hole, now the piston only goes down twice in one cycle so by cranking the engine round by hand you can correspond where the piton just starts to go down is the point of ignition so the rotor arm should be at the same point lined up with the spark lead for cylinder one inside the cap. if it mile off then cylinder 1 is at the top of the induction stroke, so crank round again until the piston starts to go down again. then you have the distributor arm at the right position, then follow round the cap the firing order for your engine. and then wire up the cap the same way.

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