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Ford 9N, 2N & 8N Discussion Board

Re: #1 position of Distributor

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Posted by Dell (WA) on April 23, 2003 at 12:51:11 from (

In Reply to: #1 position of Distributor posted by RayPHX on April 23, 2003 at 10:56:02:

Ray.........what Steve and Andy said......and....
It really doesn't matter where the #1 nipple is as long as the distributor rotor points to it when it is suppost to*BTDC. (#1 cyl at top of compression stroke).......because you can rotate the distributor body to make the rotor match #1 nipple.

Some sidemount 5-nipple caps have a molded "1", lotta don't......BUT.....because there is only 1-way to install the distributor cap (has locating lug) the cap ALWAYS mounts the same way on the distributor body.

Traditionally, the 8N sidemount distributor body is mounted so the #1 nipple is about 7-8 o'clock and the rotor is pointing to #1 nipple underneath the cap. (has to do mostly with being able to get to the oil nipple) And if you don't like where everything lines up, then pull the distributor a bit and rotate the helical rotor shaft a gear notch and re-install.

Remember: firing order is 1,2,4,3 CCW........Dell

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