yes your car can run fine with the distributor backwards but I would pull it out and put it in the proper position!
I realize the timing issue could affect both of those, but I can't even see the timing marks on the balancer because they are on the opposite side of the balancer when the timing light hits it. Is everything reversed because the distributor is in backwards? Will turning the distributor around cause the balancer to be lined up correctly? Will the #1 piston be TDC and still be able to insert the distributor correctly even though it is TDC now and in backwards possibly? What the h***?if the timing is low it can cause your overheating issue, and the stumbling. :bigthumbsup
Not a dumb question for a rookie like myself, but yes, the lead was on the #1 wire. I have an experienced Chevy guy (i know) helping me and he is baffled by the car running ok with the distributor seemingly in backwards.not being mean, but do you have the lead for the timing light on #1 plug wire? thats strange.
I did everything you just said. Used passenger side first plug towards radiator, #1 cylinder. The #1 plug on the distributor cap is in the 5 o'clock position. Explain that....Sounds like you are checking timing using the wrong spark plug wire to me. Remember on Ford SB #1 is on the passenger side. Unless I'm wrong a distributor can not be installed backwards. It just depends where you have the rotor postioned for #1 when #1 cylinder is @ TDC and both vales are closed. (Remove the coil wire)Take #1 spark plug out and have your buddy slowly bump the motor over (not cranking) with you holding your thumb over the #1 plug hole, When it pushes your thumb off with compression you are close and your timming marks should be within a couple of degrees. Where your rotor is pointing will be #1 and then place your wires according to the correct firing order on your distributor cap (remembering the rotor turns CCW). The only incorrect placement of a distrbutor is when you can't adjust your timming due to spce limitations interfering with the vac advance if you are using a distributor with vac advance.
Thanks Steve. That helps explain the balancer alignment possibly, but what about the #1 plug on the distributor cap being in the 5 o'clock position. All our manuals say it should be in the 1 o'clock postion. Still could use some more input. Does it not matter that that #1 is in the 5 o'clock position?Hi,
1. No i wouldn't run ok if it was 180 deg' out, it would fart and backfire and not much else.
2. You may find you have a balancer for a later model motor, meaning the timing marks want to line up with a pointer on the passenger side.
I understand you can get a marked up tape from one of the shops over there to stick on the balancer for the drivers side pointer once you have exactly established #1 TDC. I had this problem on mine. I believe if you have a dial indicator handy you can get the TDC perfect.
Someone here will know where you can get the timing tape.
Ok, I can adjust timing where it is now, so if I rotate it to where the manual says the #1 should be the vacuum unit would be facing the carb and I wouldn't be able to adjust it. I guess if I removed the shaft from the distributor itself and rotated that, maybe that would work, but as long as it doesn't matter where the #1 is than maybe I'm fine.Hi,
It doesn't matter where # 1 is as long as you have a range of motion to allow for timing adjustments. To get #1 where you want it you can lift the shaft out and rotate it round a few cogs until it is in the desired position.