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dode
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posted February 26, 2002 09:14 PM
Ok...I am a ford guy, but chevy is almost the only option for racing. I know this is dumb, but how do you go about installing the distributor in a SBC? I have done fords before, but I am not sure about chevy's. Please excuse my ignorance. I would just rather get it right the first time. Thanks.

John

red7240
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posted February 26, 2002 10:21 PM
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Originally posted by dode:
Ok...I am a ford guy, but chevy is almost the only option for racing. I know this is dumb, but how do you go about installing the distributor in a SBC? I have done fords before, but I am not sure about chevy's. Please excuse my ignorance. I would just rather get it right the first time. Thanks.

John


number one cylinder is driver side front,bump motor over until you are up on top dead compression #1, make sure your timing mark is on 0 (tdc)on your balancer. find #1 tower on distrbutor cap and make sure the rotor point to that. pay attention to the location of the cap and distributor so you have adjustment in the timing without tension on the wires. good luck, red7240

EVANSRACING24E
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posted February 26, 2002 10:22 PM
SAME AS ON FORDS BUT HAVE THE ROTOR POINTING TO NUMBER 1


Machinah
Member
posted February 27, 2002 05:05 AM
To be sure that you are on TDC use a dial guage through the #1 spark plug hole. Sometimes the timing pointer is off, but if you cant use a dial guage it would be my next choice.


dode
Member
posted February 27, 2002 08:13 AM
Ok...so a dial indicator through the spark plug hole. I can handle that. Too bad I don't have one right now. It looks like a trip to the store for me. Gee, I hate buying tools. Does anyone else have any tips for me? What about setting the valves with a hydraulic cam, and the timing. I want to fire this thing up this weekend. Thanks.

John

x13jc
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posted February 27, 2002 08:43 AM
remove the sparkplug, insert finger into the sparkplug hole, turn motor over slowly till air pushes your finger out the hole, and it will. look at timing mark, should be real real close

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06Racing
Member
posted February 27, 2002 08:51 AM
With the valve cover off watch the rockers on the #1 cyl. you know intake ,compression, then its ready to fire so #1 will be up stop there will be close. turn the rotor to #1 look in the block to aline the oil pump drive with the dis. then when you put in the dis. you will have to turn the rotor back a little so the gear on the dis. and the cam will engage push it down should turn into place....


Gene
Member
posted February 28, 2002 04:35 AM
Dode, the blade lookind thing on the bottom of the dist shart drives the oil pump. make sure the slot on the pump is in line with the dist as the dist is lowered into position, you might have to giggle the dist a small abount for it to drop in. But do not force it down, or YOU WILL BUST THE OIL PUMP.


Flatlander
Member
posted February 28, 2002 11:06 AM
hey dode since yuo are new to chevys you might want to get a chiltons i use mine all the time it has just about anything you might want to know as far as how to install and set things up


dode
Member
posted March 01, 2002 08:58 AM
Hey thanks for all the help guys. I really appreciate it. I actually do have Chilton's manual, but it didn't cover this very well. Probably because it had several different engines to deal with (for Monte Carlo). Hopefully I can get this thing fired up tonight. We will see how things go. I will just be happy when the thing sits on all four wheels, which it hasn't done in like 6 months. Thanks again guys.

John

racer17j
Member
posted March 01, 2002 11:18 PM
use the older chevy truck and car section they mostly just had v8's thats what i use


bryanb30
Member
posted March 03, 2002 08:49 AM
be sure and pre oil that new engine first.. use an old distributor with the cam gear taken off. strip the old dist. down to where there is nothin but the shaft stickin up. i welded a nut on top of the shaft and i take out my trusty drill and spin till oil shoots out of the rockers, it will help make your engine keep running like the enegizer bunny!!


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