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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I just had my 200 6 rebuilt and need to re-install my distributor. I think #1 needs to be at the top and the rotor points to #1 on the cap right? My friend says that's it but he says it's a 50/50 chance you will get it backwards 180- Is this true? I am worried enough about firing my rebuild up without wondering if I have the ditributor in backwards! Please give me some tips...Also, while the things out maybe I should buy a new one. I have read something here about 1978 distributors with no points? Is this true --Thanks

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
If you want to upgrade your distro you can change it to a Duraspark from a 78 and later I6.

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Can give you a idea on how it is done.


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I'm not sue if the I6s have the off by 180 degrees problem when installing the distributor but here's what you can do no matter what.
Remove the #1 spark plug.
Bump the engine around while holding your finger over the #1 spark plug hole. When the #1 cylinder is approaching TDC there will be a blast of air trying to push your finger off. You may have to do it a few times but eventually you'll get it nice and close without bumping too much. Put the distributor back in with the rotor pointing to the #1 plug. You should be in the ballpark to start the car.
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The position of the #1 spark plug wire on the distributor must be in the position where the rotor faces when #1 cylinder is at TDC. The position of that point on the distributor relative to front, back, or anywhere else is dependent upon where you drop the distributor back into it's hole. There is no ONE position. I've rotated my distributor 45* (V8) to gain better access to rotation due to interference at the radiator hose, and then rotated the wires in the opposite direction, and it fired right up. You could continue doing that all the way around the distributor. The rotor still faces the same position internally. I know it is hard to visualize, but it is true. me check your shorts! My multimeter is just a-waiting! Formerly known as Midlife in the old VMF.
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