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Want to know how to set motor up for top dead centre on number1 to replace distributor

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Typically you bump the engine over untill you get compression on #1 cyl( pull #1 plug and stick your finger in it till you feel air try to push out) then turn crank untill tdc mark (or 0) on balancer lines up and that should be IT. Good Luck.

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There is a timing mark on the timing chain cover. Some have a little tube. The bottom center of the engine where the crank shaft is there is a harmonic balancer. The balancer has a line on it. Get the line right on the 0 degrees mark. This will be top dead center.

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