Getting Ready To Put The Engine Back Together. Quick Question.

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When I put the heads back on, all I really need to do is turn the engine over until cylinder 1 is at TDC and then put the distributor where the rotor is pointing at the #1 contact. Right at 12 o'clock IIRC. Sound about right?
 
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When I put the heads back on, all I really need to do is turn the engine over until cylinder 1 is at TDC and then put the distributor where the rotor is pointing at the #1 contact. Right at 12 o'clock IIRC. Sound about right?
Make sure it is TDC on the #1 compression stroke. AKA turn it over until the #1 intake valve starts to close. When the #1 piston is at TDC after the intake valve closes you are good to set your distributor as stated above.
 

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Can I turn it to TDC before I put the heads on? seems like I could just watch the lifters to see which one moves so I know which stroke its on.
 

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its the one closest to you (front) on a SBF Windsor #1 cylinder. If you ever get confused, just look at the intake or exhaust port in relation to the corresponding valve.
 

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If you can't watch the valves easily (heads / valve covers already on) just place a rag next to the spark-plug-hole on #1. When it gets puffed out of the way by air, you're on the compression stroke.
 
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