Best way to stab a 302 distributor?
With a knife?
Well, just verify you're at TDC on the compression stroke (no valves are open,) drop it in, and find which contact/terminal the rotor is pointing at. Label that one 1, plug in the #1 wire, and then go around the cap counterclockwise in the firing order with the rest of the plug wires.
It may not go in just right, and you may have to adjust it a tooth forward or backward to get it right on - the oil pump shaft can give you problems sometimes because it only fits every 45 degrees, whereas the gear fits every 5 or so.
Once you get it all situated, rotate the dizzy body so the rotor is pointing right at where you have #1. That should get you close enough that you can move it around and get it running smooth enough to put a timing light on it.
[ This Message was edited by: thekingofazle on 5/26/06 1:52am ]