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How do I properly re install the distributor in my 1989 chevron 1500 efi and make it run right again?

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You don`t say why you removed the distributor from the motor.but if you bring #1 cylinder to top dead center the rotor should face cylinder #1.when you drop the distributor in the rotor should be facing #1 when the distributor is seated fully into the motor.the firing order is 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2.counter clockwise rotation.and #1 is front cylinder on the drivers side.

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