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rotor pointing at wrong cylinder?
78 cj-5 w/304. I'm in the process of swapping out my distributor. I was trying to change the pick-up when I ended up cracking the trigger wheel and couldn't get a replacement at the local parts stores. I pulled all the plugs and turned it over by hand, felt compression building up and lined it up with the marks for tdc. it came out much easier than I thought it would, so I figured everything was good. It was going to take a day or so for them to get me the rebuilt dist, so I put everything back together loosely so nothing would get inside the openings. I was getting ready to put the new one in and realized the rotor had to be pointing at #1. I pulled the cap and checked and it's not 180 out, but it's not at #1 either. if you're looking down at it, it's facing the next one down clockwise. did it jump time or are the marks off or what? I'm wondering if I should put it in and hook up #1 where the rotors facing. The jeeps currently not running, which is why i'm playing around with this. I took it out shopping and when I came out it wouldn't start. thanx for any input. Alex