New Crate Motor Distributor-TDC Help!

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting & Diagnosis' started by wdstamper, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. wdstamper

    wdstamper Veteran Member

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    Looking for a little help with re-installing my distributor. I installed my crate motor this weekend but removed my distributor (installed from the factory) so I did not break it dropping my motor in. Before I pulled the distributor out I took pictures of the location and made sure my balancer was on the zero mark for TDC. Unfortunately, I turned the balancer during the motor install.

    When I tried re-installing the distributor I could not get it back to the exact location from where I removed it. I used the duct tape method to find TDC, i.e. when I turned the motor over with a ratchet and it blew the tape off the number one cylinder, I stopped the balancer at the zero mark. I should be at TDC?

    I can get the distributor almost to the same spot from when I pulled it. So my question is based on the pics below is it close enough to get the motor started and timed? The first pic is from the factor (before I removed it) and the second pic is where its at after the reinstall. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. Walt

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    Timing Pic 2.jpg
     
  2. CorkyE

    CorkyE Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Is the problem that the distributor will not sit down firmly on the intake? If so, it's just not aligning with the oil pump drive, it's seated in the cam correctly. You can hold the distributor in place, bump the engine over with the starter and it will fall in place. If you want to bring it back around to tdc on #1 and recheck. Remember you need to advance the distributor a bit before startup.
     
  3. wdstamper

    wdstamper Veteran Member

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    No. It sits fine on the intake. I cannot seem to line up the distributor to the number one cylinder as in the first picture from the factory. Its off a half inch or so. I can only get it close as in the second pic of the distributor on the motor. Thanks.
     
  4. CorkyE

    CorkyE Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Okay, you may have it off a notch. A lot of times, you can rotate the distributor enough to compensate for that. Set the cap on the distributor, take a magic marker and mark on the base of the distributor that aligns with #1 on the cap. Pull the cap back off and see how close the rotor points to the mark you just made.
     
  5. frankz

    frankz Veteran Member

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    Just pull the dist out and take a LONG straight blade screwdriver and turn the oilpump drive shaft to where you need it
     
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  6. bourbon_scotch

    bourbon_scotch Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    +1--^ but also move one gear tooth over
     
  7. slayer021175666

    slayer021175666 Veteran Member

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    Get a flash light and a long screw driver. Be POSITIVE you are at top dead center on the COMPRESSION stroke. Look down the hole and turn the oil drive shaft until the slot in it points at the number 5 cylinder. Where ever you marked the distributer housing for top dead on number one, turn the rotor tip so it is just before that mark and drop it in. If the rotor tip is now aligning with your mark, Bingo! If not, mess with it until it is. Like said before, you might be a tooth off on the distibuter drive gear.
     
  8. railxmad2

    railxmad2 New Member

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  9. railxmad2

    railxmad2 New Member

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    Remember the dis. Bottom gear is tampered it doesn’t drop straight down it turns a little as it goes down in the gears then the oil rod lines in to finish the rest of the way into place. When you mark button at number one wire on cap back up a little drop it down if oil rod is off pull use long screwdriver turn rod try again.
     
  10. budro6968

    budro6968 Veteran Member

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    This part is always the fun part. When you think you have it in correctly and then shoot a big ball of flame out the carb and singe your eyebrows. Then you know it is 180 out.
     

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