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You must turn the engine over until you get top dead center (TDC) on the #1 cylinder. Make sure its on the compression stroke. (take spark plug out and put your finger over the hole, make sure air is coming out.

Then with #1 on TDC drop the distributor in with the rotor buton pointing to the spark plug wire for the #1 cylinder. that's it!

Now it should run assuming you have the other wires in the correct firing order.

here is the correct order 1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8 The distributor runs counter-clock wise. The cylinders are numbered 1234 front to back on the passenger side and 5678 front to back on the driver's side.

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