Originally Posted by Roads.zx
JMD, Are you saying that if I pull the distributor, I can then just rotate the rotor 180 degrees and reinstall, without checking TDC ?
Yep, assuming the timing is out 180 degrees, that will work fine unless you turn the engine while the distributor is out. You will of course need to put a timing light on the car to get it timed just right.
(Of course you will need to move the wires on the cap also.)
I forgot to mention that the distributor may not drop the last 1/4" because of the oil pump drive shaft. If this happens, you can just turn the engine over a little while GENTLY holding the distributor down. So long as the gears are engaged, (i.e. the distributor is about 1/4" from dropping to where it should be) you won't loose your timing.
You can bump the engine yourself by jumping the big BATTERY SIDE cable on the solenoid to the smaller start post with a short length of wire. Make sure your car is in park or neutral...