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FAQ 14

Question: Where is the timing mark on the distributor?

Answer: Remove the distributor cap. The mark for #1 is on the top edge of the distributor body. It is just a little nick in the metal. This is where the distributor rotor should point when the #1 piston is at Top Dead Center (TDC). #1 piston is right side, front (front is front of the car). There is a notch on the main pulley. Turn the main pulley until that notch on the is lined up with the seam in the center of the engine case, #1 is at TDC.

#1 is right side, front
#2 is right side, rear
#3 is left side, front
#4 is left side, rear

As John Muir says, front is towards the front of the car.

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