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Old April 30th, 2012, 10:57 PM   #1
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so i my trucks been needs an adjustment for a short time so we decided to do it today we start at about 5pm and ended at 9pm well we didnt get it done i have an IEM distributor and its a b*tch... now we are trying distributor face toward firewall or front of truck we tried pointing to the #1 cylinder but didnt work...its not like a chevy haha any advise would be appreciated....thanks guys
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You know that the rotor is supposed to face #1 plug wire on the cap, not toward #1 cylinder.

Google it if you don't understand.
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so i my trucks been needs an adjustment for a short time so we decided to do it today we start at about 5pm and ended at 9pm well we didnt get it done i have an IEM distributor and its a b*tch... now we are trying distributor face toward firewall or front of truck we tried pointing to the #1 cylinder but didnt work...its not like a chevy haha any advise would be appreciated....thanks guys
This would be easier to understand if all the periods weren't piled up in one spot.
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Does the Truck Run? id assume no.
Did you install the distributor? The location of the distributor cap is arbitrary and can change depending on how the distributor gear lines up with the cam.

My suggestion would be to pull the tappet cover on the #1 side and role the engine so that it is at top dead center on the intake stroke. This would be the point just before the intake valve is opening when the piston is at the top of the cylinder. Then just rotate the distributor so that the rotor lines up with the #1 spark plug wire location on the distributor cap. it should then be able to start and timing can be adjusted by ear or with a timing light from there.

I believe it should be 10deg. BTDC on that. also note these engines are retarded by 4deg from factory and a straight up timing chain and gear set could free up some untapped power.
Best of luck.
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it ran then we decided to try and fix the timing cause it was off on start up now we r trying to even get it running and ive tried it no luck yet
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