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I need some major help. While giving my 79 cj-5 a tune up, I changed all the plugs wires and distributor cap. After the everything was back in, It started back firing something fierce. I thought maybe that I put the wires in the wrong order on the cap. When I looked it up in the book, it was all wrong. So of course I changed it to what the book said it should be. And wouldn't you know, it doesn't start at all now. The big mistake I made was not marking the cap where they were originally located. So I need to know the proper firing order and cap location. Not what the book says, but what is actually under your hood. Any help would be appreciated. I'm starting to stress out.

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/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif I could send some moonies/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gifover to help you relax but sometimes their methods of relaxation do not really contribute to much work getting done. Well.....now that you are completely screwed, you 'll have to do this ONE thing. If you can remember GENERALLY wher the #1 wire....that's the front cylinder on the driver's side.....was on the cap, what you do is this....roll the engine over by jogging it with the key till the timing mark is on the zero on the crank pulley. Then take off the cap and see where the rotor is pointing. If the rotor seems to be in the same neighborhood as where you remembered number one wire as being, then USE THAT hole that the rotor is indicating as number one. Wire the rest going clockwise 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 then try starting it. If it starts, you are no longer screwed. If it farts back through the carb, repeat the process but this time the turn the engine till the mark is on zero and the rotor is pointing the opposite way. DO NOT TAKE OUT OR LOOSEN THE distributor....unless you want to be even more screwed than you are at this moment/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif Good luck, and PAY ATTENTION!!!

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i have a 78 with the 304. i have the haynes book and its wrong on my engine too. the order was correct but every wire was off by one point. if i remember correctly each wire had to move one spot counterclockwise on the distributor cap. if that doesnt work for you, try it clockwise instead. sorry i cant remember exactly. i ran into the same problem a couple years ago. i removed all the wires and went by the book, and it screwed me up. now when i remove them i just do it one at a time. hope this helps. Joey

 

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Hey CJDave,

Thanks for the advise. It took some time getting that frigin line matched up on the timming (i was alone and kept having to run around the truck) but once it was lined up, it started up like a champ. Give the moonguys a big thanks for me.

Keith

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