yes yes i know but i need help with my 302 ford

Discussion in 'Engine Topic' started by 1981coupe400ci, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. 1981coupe400ci

    1981coupe400ci Veteran Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    need the easiest way to find tdc #1 WITHOUT taking the valve covers off...(setting up the distributor for first start up/breakin)

    i was thinking of turning the engine over and doing the thumb over the plug hole thing.. but i cant remember how it goes...

    still having a heck of a time figuring this out... anyone got any advise? maybe a step by step or a webpage.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2008
  2. put your thumb over the #1 hole and turn motor over clockwise untill you fell presure building then move the motor untill timing mark is pointing to 0 then set the distrubter in the hole with pointer at #1 plug wire

    FF (ford front)
    1 5
    2 6
    3 7
    4 8
  3. 1981coupe400ci

    1981coupe400ci Veteran Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    we found the plug locations.
    5 1
    6 2
    7 3
    8 4

    still cant get it to fire... hmm..

    gonna set it up again tomorrow... and use some ether to see if i can even get a pop out of it.
  4. Sorry Are you getting any spark at all?
  5. 1981coupe400ci

    1981coupe400ci Veteran Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    yeah i'm getting spark(hooked the timing light up to be sure and i'm getting flashes from it when turning over. i can hear the f-pump runing so i'm getting fuel...

    just cant get the darn timing right....

    finger on the #1 hole... turn over till it pops finger off hole. manually turn engine over till mark on balancer is lined up with balancer timing pointer. line up distibutor #1 plug wire on cap to rotor point.

    does that sound right?
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2008
  6. Yes that sounds correct after I messed up the cyd #s I read the chiltons today. I am sorry about that.
  7. 1981coupe400ci

    1981coupe400ci Veteran Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    no problem... hopefully i can start it tomorrow or wednesday... i'm kind of afraid to do the break-in. 20 min at 2000rpm is no problem... but after i shut it down im affraid of cold air coming back up the open headers and possibly cracking a valve...

    maybe just shove some paper towels/cloth into the header to prevent cold air from coming back up the header...??
  8. SpeedAddict02

    SpeedAddict02 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Wallkill, N.Y.
    you might be 180* off.. Meaning you probably are at tdc, only on the exhaust stroke instead of the compression stroke..

    pull the dizzy up enough to clear the gear, and rotate it 180*.. also double check your firing order of your wires..

    I will admit a brain fart I had.. lol I had a '91 GT a few years back.. Converted it over from EFI to carb, from auto to stick, did exhaust and a rear end swap.. Anyway, went to fire the motor for the first time, had cranking, backfiring, and all that.. but she wouldnt start.. I pulled the dist like 20x, checked for spark, fuel etc.. Come to find out, 3 days later, I was wiring the plugs with a SBC pattern instead of ford. LOL

    anyway, double check your wires.. :)
  9. Chevy 350

    Chevy 350 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    So. IL
    no 302 chevy no care
  10. 79camaro2001

    79camaro2001 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    May 4, 2003
    Monroeville, PA

    Don't care what you care about.

    Might want to check that 180* deal. Was it popping?

    Also is this EFI or carbed?

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