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Sorry guys/girls, but my ignorance is showing here. I currently have the motor moderately dissassembled, which is to say that I removed the induction, valve covers, DISTRIBUTOR, water pump, steering pump and alternator. I have been doing some reading, and have deduced the following: I need to get the number one cylinder to TDC. I then need to make sure the distributor rotor is pointing at the number one cylinder contact pad. Assuming I have done everything else correctly, the thing should fire right up. Then I time it. Does this sound right? I have removed the thermactor system entirely, as well as added Edelbrock 2121 manifold and 1405 carb. Cam is stock. Any suggestions on intitial timing settings? Obviously I haven't done this before, and would be mortified if I screwed it up now!

Speaking of the carb., I have a question on that too. I assume that the ports on either side of the PVC port in the front are for vacuum. I will use one for the vacuum advance and plug the other? I am running the 1" spacer with the PVC fitting toward the rear, so I can plug the front port? Most importantly, which fuel port gets the fuel line, and which one gets plugged?

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Looking at the front of the 1405, the vaccum port on the left is timed vaccuum, and the one on the right is full manifold vaccum. The general concensus is to use the time (or ported) vaccum. So plug your vaccum advance into the left one, plug the right.

Yes, if you're using the PCV outlet on a spacer, plug the one on the front of the carb (or use the one on the carb and plug the one on the spacer ... makes no difference either way).

You're plan for setting timing is correct. Just leave the dist. hold down clamp bolt loose, so that you can make a quick adjustment after the engine fires, or move it during cranking if it doesn't (to make it fire).

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make sure that the #1 piston is @ TDC on the ignition stroke and not the exhaust stroke when setting the distributor.
 

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Please, again pardon the lack of knowledge. How is this determined?

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Facing the front of the carb the PCV fitting is the large one in the middle, the small port to the right is the full vacuum port, the small port to the left is the Ported(timed)vacuum port. The ported port is where you hook up your dist vacuum. Plug any unused ports
I was under the impression there is only one fuel inlet on an edelbrook carb,on the choke housing side. Maybe others with first hand knowledge will step up on that one

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Remove the #1 spark plug Now plug the hole with your thumb.turn the motor slowly when the piston is on the compression stroke the air compressing in the cylinder with push past your thumb=TDC compression stroke

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As you were...compression stroke.
This can also be determined while you have your rocker covers off by observing the action of the rocker arms while the engine is turned by hand. After the intake valve shuts, the TDC following that (180° or so) will be on the compression stroke.
 

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thanks again!

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Or the valves should be solidly closed when #1 is TDC. If they are open even a little bit it is on the exhaust/intake stroke.

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Since the valve cover is off, bring #1 all the way to TDC... If both valves on #1 cylinder are closed, that is #1 compression stroke...
If the exhaust valve is open, the engine is on #1 exhaust stroke.
Mark your distributor housing where #1 plug wire is and drop the distributor in the block. You want the rotor button blade to line up with the #1 plug wire mark when the distributor is fully seated.
You may have to "bump" the starter a couple of times to seat the distributor over the oil pump drive.

Always bring it around to #1 compression and re-check.... I hate carburetor fires!

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