Distributor gear replaced, no start

Ed Kellock ekellock at adelphia.net
Sat Apr 8 22:19:27 EDT 2006

My first thought is spark plug wire order.  I removed them all from the cap
without marking and put them back starting with #1 and going clockwise
through the firing order.  Is this an acceptable approach?  Bently says
1-2-4-5-3, is this correct?
When I removed the dist, I got the rotor in pointing at the #1 spark plug
and set the 0 at the hash mark in the flywheel window.  Then I marked the
distributor base and the mounting flange.  I did not notice the mark on the
revolving hall window thingy inside the dist which of course has a mark that
should line up with the mark on the dist body.  When I put it back, with my
marks lined up, those marks were not.  I double-checked the 0 in the
flywheel window and it had not moved, so I went with my marks, thinking
maybe I shouldn't have lined up the 0 on the has mark but instead centered
it on the S curve part in there like some of the pictures in the book show.
Nevertheless, I believe I replaced it with the same timing as when I removed
When I cranked it over, it would catch but not start.  There was one
ill-timed firing which is when I quit cuz I know that indicates there's
something not timed right.
Anyhow, I've quit for the night and will return tomorrow morning to check
timing marks etc.

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