The firing order of a 370 CID Ford engine is: 1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8. Cylinder #1 is the front cylinder on the right--passenger--side cylinder head. The right head is numbered 1-2-3-4. The left--driver--side head is numbered 5-6-7-8. The distributor rotates counterclockwise.
How did your 69 wind up with a 370 in it, by the way?
As far as I know the 370 V-8 didn't become available until 1979. It's not impossible for your truck to have had the engine swapped to a 370, but the gas engine options for 1969 should have been the 330, 361 or 391 V-8s.
ML1983's post is valid. The 330, 361, and 391 are FT engines--medium-duty versions of the FE blocks. If you please, check for two things: (1) Does the intake manifold flanges go UNDER the upper edges of the valve covers? (2) Is the water pump bolted to the front of the block by four bolts--two per side--quite similar to a small- or big-block Chevrolet? Too, does it have 13/16th's hex spark plugs with an 18mm thread? These are all characteristics of the FE and FT engines. Admittedly, someone may have put a 370 in the truck; but they weren't built until 79--it is a version of the Lima block (370, 429, 460).
Needless to say, the tune-up specifications are different for a 370 and an FT engine.
If you please, do look into this! That is why, in my post earlier--#2 in this thread--I asked how you wound up with a 370 in a 69 truck. I was NOT trying to be a smart-mouth; rather, I was just trying to ensure you did have a 370.
If you do actually have an FT engine, the firing order for it is 1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8. The right bank is 1-2-3-4. The left bank is 5-6-7-8. It is timed at 6* BTDC. I hope this will be of some help to you, bgss!!
I was in error when I wrote 69 it is a 79 ford truck. I hope this makes more sense.
The reason I installed a new dist. was I am not getting fire. I installed a new brain and the coil does have +&- power. I am at a loss. any Ideas.
Of the 385-series engines (370, 429, 460), the 460 is the most-plentiful and the least expensive out of the series. Further, with gas prices going upward, it should make the 460 even cheaper due to supply and demand. Plus, if you wish to modify the engine to any degree, there is a plethora of parts for the 460's.
One of my Buddy's has an early 80's dump truck with a 370 in it. Unfortunately, he blew the engine, and pieces came through the oil pan. I was wondering if perhaps a 429 or a 460 would allow for the cam and heads off a 370 would give the larger engines more torque due to the smaller valves and the torqueier cam. What is y'alls opinion on this idea?
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