With any dist type ignition system you should have put back the dist pointing in the direction it was when you pulled it out. But lets say you forgot or someone cranked the engine over. Just find where Number one cylinder is. Its usually the one on the head that is farthest forward.If not sure check the shop manual or goto a parts house and maybe there is a Ford/Mercury/Lincoln repair manual you can peek at. Okay remove the sparkplug for hole number one. Disconnect the coil wires...any will do so that it will not shock you. Crank the engine and you should hear a HOOSHING noise. That's cylinder number one on the compression stroke. AS you doing that check the fromt harmonic dampner and you should see the timing mark go by just as its "HOOSHING". When the engine is about to go hoosh the timing mnark should line up to the timing tab at zero degrees.Now just plop the distributor in and line up the rotor and have it point to number one ignition wire. If the distributor does not fall in its because your oil pump shaft hex shaft did not line up. Just adjust it by turning it ever so little. Slam dunk the distributor in and your set.
Second way is to remove the valve cover where number one is and crank the motor to view number ones rocker arms. Just crank till you see a pattern.....you want to see intake rocker open the valve...then close...the piston is at TDC...then the exhaust will open then close....piston comes up again...then down...intake is going to open..when it closes..its at TDC - check your harmonic dampner to confirm. (tdc = top dead center)
The bottom line is it really doesnt matter where the rotor points as long as its pointed in sync with the ignition wire its suppose to fire at the right given time. In the interest of keeping the factory wires "tidy" we strive to keep it as oem (original equipment manufacturer) as possible.
The rotor inside the distributor should be pointing at the #1 spark plug.
At tdc compression it should be pointing at #1 on the distributor cap.
Easiest way to find it is to set #1 piston at TDC, remove the distributor cap and see where the rotor is pointing. It should be pointing to position #1 in relation to the distributor cap.
Easiest way to find it is to set #1 piston at TDC and remove the distributor cap to see where the rotor is pointing. It should be pointing to #1 cylinder position in relation to the distributor cap.
The easiest way to find it is to set #1 piston at TDC and see where the rotor is pointing, it should be pointing to number 1 terminal on the distributor cap.
Yes the rotor should be pointing to the #1 cylinder when you are installing the distributor.
Towards #1 on the distributor cap.
rotor should point at number 1 plug lead when engine is at tdc make a mark with whiteout ,on outside of distributor before you remove distributor cap. make this mark where the #1 spark plug lead would be if distributor cap was on distributor when you remove cap this is where rotor needs to be pointing
It should be pointing to the #1 cylinder, That is the first spark plug on the driver's side up front.
#1 should be up for compression. Both valves would be closed. Addendum: The above answer is correct except for one thing; #1 MUST be at the top of the compression stroke if you want the engine to run, and the distributor MUST be pointing at #1 plug wire. Recognize that the distributor will turn slightly as it drops down into the cam gear, so make certain that you accommodate for that. You want the rotor to be pointing to the center of #1 when the distributor is in place.
try your ignition control sensor located in your distributor
Look on the distributor cap very carefully. It should be marked. If no go, bring #1 to 0 deg TDC and the rotor will be pointing at it.