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Username Post: Distributor wires installed a position off, need advice        (Topic#355362)
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Age: 40
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Reg: 02-23-19
02-23-19 05:29 PM - Post#2760580    

My 1982 Chevy P 30 is a bread truck that I converted to a party bus. Year and a half ago I put in a new, or rather, rebuilt 350 which the seller was unsure of the year on but it’s either 82, 83 or 84.

A couple months ago I put in a new distributor and the guy who did it for me set the wires weird, but it works. From every diagram I have seen the number one wire should be pointed at the number one spark plug. My number one wire is pointing at the number seven piston. All of my wires are shifted to the left one position, but it’s running and it seems to be running OK.

I attempted to put the wires in the appropriate position and turn the distributor timing, and I wound up shooting flames out of my carburetor. Needless to say, the wires went back to being one position off.

Does anybody have insight on this as to why this set up is off one position and what I can do about it? Or should I just leave it the way it is?

From a rear view, you can see the number one wire points to 8 o'clock instead of 11 o'clock.
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A UNIQUE Party Bus for Your UNIQUE Party! JAM Tram!

Edited by azjamtram on 02-23-19 06:42 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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02-24-19 01:25 PM - Post#2760664    
    In response to azjamtram

Doesn't make any difference where the wires are pointed, if the rotor is pointed to the number one cylinder/ wire when it is at tdc compression it is good to go after setting the timing of course.

Posts: 5
Age: 40
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Reg: 02-23-19
02-25-19 08:47 AM - Post#2760769    
    In response to Shepherd

Ahhh. Ok, thank you, was getting really thrown off by my positioning compared to everyone else's. Mine didn't used to be off one, you'll see in the picture I had scratched in the during order, but this new guy helped put the wires when he put in the new distributor.

Thanks again!

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