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Old 03-12-2010, 01:28 PM
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Installing Distributor 302

I ordered a new dist. for an 1983 F-150 2wd w/302. The old dist. is out, so is this the right sequence for getting the dist. back in properly?
1. Turn the motor over so the pointer on the damper is at TDC.
2. Drop the dist. in w/ the rotor pointing at #1 clylinder (1:00) on cap.
3. Set timing with motor running and vacumn line plugged.

Is the timing for this motor suppose to be at 8 degrees BTDC? Don't have a chiltons. Also what is the firing order for this motor?

Any help would greatly be appreciated.

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Make sure #1 is on the compression stroke when you bring it up to TDC, feel for air being pushed out the spark plug hole as the motor is manually cranked towards TDC to ensure both valves are closed. The timing mark on the crank should also be at 0 when you get the right spot

When you insert the the dizzy and the gears mesh the rotor will turn so you want to do it so that the rotor ends up pointing to the right spot, and that spot will be with the rotor pointing at #1 post on the distributor cap, not cyl #1.. not sure you understood that by your post.

And yes set timing with vacuum disconnected from the didtributor and plugged. 8-10deg is spec but don't be afraid to try a little more if the motor will take it without pinging under load, this will improve TQ and milage.

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For future reference, you should just mark where the rotor's pointing before you take the old dizzy out and just put the new one in the same. But otherwise, what Paul said.
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You got some good instructions. The only thing that I would add is that when removing and replacing a Ford distributor you should pay close attention to the oil pump shaft. Make sure you see it before stabbing the distributor and pay close attention to oil pressure after start up.

If you DON'T see the oil pump shaft it has fallen in the pan. Pull the pan and put the shaft back in place, taking care to get the star washer positioned so that the shaft won't pull out next time.
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Thanks guys, the dist. should show up today or tomarrow so when I get it in I'll let you know how it went. Keeping my fingers crossed the oil pump rod didn't drop into the pan . I don't think so though.

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The dist. showed up and got it in alright. Set the timing and everything seems to be working fine. Runs better than before. Thanks guys. Now I got my son out of the house till the next thing breaks .
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