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Installing dist. - did I do it right?
I am putting a 401 into my CJ. I have the engine back from the rebuilder's shop. He told me it was sitting on TDC #1, ready to drop in the distributor. The engine had a pretolite dist. I got a motorcraft from the PnS out of an 80's waggonneer. Looking inside the dist, there is a "tanged" wheel; the 8 tangs rotate past a pickup coil looking thing. I dropped in the distributor, rotated the body of it a little so that one of the tangs was lined up exactly on the pickup coil looking thing. Put the cap on and checked to make sure the rotor was hitting right on one of the cap posts, which it was. This post is now my #1 cylinder; marked it with a sharpie [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Question is did I do it right? the #1 marked post stamped into the cap is not my #1 post, but it should be ok; the distributor doesn't care which post is #1, right? And does the thing rotate CW or CCW, so I can figure out which one will be #2.