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Old 03-25-2010, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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352 distributor install HELP HELP

ok i have been told that on a 352 engine the number one plug is on the passenger side ,,front,,, get it top dead center ,,, ok when i drop the dist. in which way should the brass part on the rotary button be aimed ,,, i was told towards #1 plug on pass side of engine ?...i dropped it down in an it spit but didnt fire...i turned the dist. to time it ,,didnt help..what am i doing wrong ?.some info on this would be appreciated please ,,, thanks.

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it should point at the number one cyl wire in the dis cap-- not at the engine cyl--
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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if you get the #1 piston to tdc, you will have one of two things, it will either be right on, or half off. pull the #1 plug, place your finger over the hole, and turn the engine with a socket and ratchet, when you feel compression on your finger, bring it on up to tdc. the dist cap is marked for #1 wire, looking down at the cap its at about 1:30, rotor turns cc, so put the wires in, 1 5 4 2 6 3 7 8, if everything else is good, it should purr like a kitten.
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Old 03-27-2010, 04:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks guys ,,, this is a new rebuilt engine ,,and with your help it purrs like a kitten ...guess i kinda knew but one of those days one brainfart after the other ....nothing i could do would make that car run,, combination of a bunch of little things had to be corrected ,along with having the distributor in the right place,,anyways thanks for this forum to just get you back to reality sometimes.purrs like a kitten,,,,,,
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Old 03-27-2010, 06:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 352 distributor install

Since it is a new rebuild, did you break in the cam?
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Old 03-27-2010, 09:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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break in the cam ??????????????? i started it up let it run a few minutes ,,i think it will be ok after i get new plugs ,wires.and the points do look very healthy ..couple of the boots pulled off the wires .so i got to get all new stuff and put on it ,,i did take the plugs out and there was black soot on a few of them ,,i looked all over for a vacume leak but cant locate one ..

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break in the cam ???????????????
If you are running the flat tappet lifters and not roller lifter then you should have broken in the cam. To do so you need to bring the rpm's up to 2000 to 2500 and keep it there for 20 minutes. This allows the lifters and the cam lobes to "wear in" correctly. This is usually done as soon as the motor is started. By not doing this you take a chance that the lifter will wear down the cam lobes and then you will have a "flat" cam. You also need to make sure that the oil that you use has enough zinc in it for the flat tappet cam. The oil that is sold now days is for roller cams and doesn't have enough zinc. You can either buy the additive or you a high zinc oil such as valvoline vr-1.
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Old 03-28-2010, 06:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i didnt know all that ,,but then again all i ever did was get in and drive,,im not a mechanic ..i can do brakes and tune ups and stuff but when it comes to rebuilding an engine i just cant handle that...thanks for the advice i guess i better do that ,,this engine was laying in a guys barn for 3 or 4 years and he got it off someone that said they rebuilt it ,,so really i dont know but better not take any chances ...i discovered i got a vacum leak somewhere now ,think its under the 4 barrel carb in that spacer thingy with the water lines run through it ,,,whats the purpose of having water running under the carb.. vapor lock maybe back in the days?anyways it ran good til i developed that vacume leak ...thanks again ..in other hidden ideas i should know lol ...
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go to auto store and get a spacer and gaskets
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i think im going to have to but im going to get one without the water passing through ,,i just dont like the idea of water being that close to gas ,,,, never know why they did that to start with ,,, but there had to be a reason im sure ,,, anyways thanks ill do that tomorrow ..
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Yours is a cold weather climate car ... they had those plates...

Get a NON WATER replacement plate


Now the MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO IS:

Get a bottle of ZDDP Engine break in oil additive it is ZINC, Napa's carry it and I think Auto Zones do now too.

Get that car started and then run it like said above by our friend r.r racing said, 2200 to 2700 RPM for NO LESS THAN 20 minutes. (UNLESS THE CAR STARTS TO OVERHEAT)

Then change your oil and go ahead and repair the rest of the issues.

Lastly... If the engine builder broke in the engine before you bought it you will not have to break in the cam. You should inquire about it from the builders.
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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ill get that stuff tomorrow and give it a try ..thanks
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ok its running ,,but ,,,,,,,,, its only oiling on the passenger side ..i took the valve covers off because something didnt sound right ..drivers side was dry ,,passenger side was oiling .. i dont know whats going on now ....
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one of the bolts that lets oil up to the rocker shaft is a stepped bolt -- it has to go in the rocker stand that oils the shaft-- you have to bolt in the wrong hole --
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:58 PM   #15 (permalink)
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i dont understand i guess ,,i have the wrong bolt in the wrong hole ,,,i did notice theres a slight difference in length of bolts in a couple of them ????whats a stepped bolt ? thanks for this help ..im about to lose it out here in the garage ..i do see on one of the post that the rocker sits on the second one from the front of the engine has a hole in the post and if thats where the oil is suppose to be coming from its not ,,that whole side is as dry as a popcorn fart ... actually i dont think the other side is oiling great but at least its oiling some ,,,help me out here ,,
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