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Old 06-12-2013, 01:48 PM   #11  
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or just upgrade and do it yourself
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:34 PM   #12  
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Originally Posted by pedalhappy View Post
or just upgrade and do it yourself
I was thinking that (minus the upgrade).. I had to mess with the distrib on my 350sb chevy and it turned out to be a pain.. but this was on a new engine and we had to get it at tdc and everything. I don't know how difficult this is on a 5.0. Also.. never had to time a newer car like this so don't know whats involved.

It looks like I can get a cardone reman distrib + taylor cap/rotor on summit for $100 shipped. What do you guys think? Its a complete beater car i just need to spend the minimum to get it running

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Good enough, as long as it works.

Installing it can be 1 of 2 ways. If the shop made note of where the rotor was pointing and the base position of the distributor, all you gotta do is reinstall back to where it all was. If not, then you gotta find TDC. #1 cylinder is the front left, when facing the engine. Take the spark plug out and put a straw or small screwdriver in the hole and turn the crank slowly clockwise until the 0 on the balancer lines up with the timing marker. At this point the straw should have been pushed up in the cylinder. That's TDC. Now install the distributor(noting that the rotor will turn as the gear meshes with the cam) so that the rotor points exactly at #1 on the cap, and you're done.

Now to time it, you need a timing light. Near the wiring harness for the distributor you'll find a little 2 prong gray(possibly black) connector that doesn't appear to do anything. Unplug it. Thats the computer override for timing. Hook your light up to the #1 wire and point the light at the timing marks. Engine running, turn distributor until you're at 10 BTDC, thats the stock setting. Performance wise you can mess around with it if you want, 13-14 degrees tends to be about the max you can run on 93 octane.

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