Joined: Feb 2005
No problems on the install, rotate engine to "0" on the crank damper and #1 piston is all the way up to top dead center, this must be on a compression stroke so you can remove the spark plug and stick a compression tester(or your finger) and slowly rotate the engine with a pull bar on the crank pully bolt NOT THE STARTER and if there is no compression found then that is an exhaust stroke, keep turning until it builds compression and then when the timing pointer is pointing to "0" you are ready to put in your dist.
Find #1 on the dist cap and this refers to the number one piston sparkplug wire. this is where you want to get the rotor button pointing when you seat the distributor completely, remember the rotor will turn a little as the dist goes in because of the pitch of the gears on the drive.
No you will not damage your engine if you do this wrong it will just run like crap(if at all) and backfire and pop, but no harm.