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Alright, so im in the process of replacing all front gaskets including crankshaft seal.

I had to remove everything from the front including the distributor..
This is what i fear, fuckin with that distributor and removing it, and reinstalling it is gonna cause some problems.. I know nothing about timing and TDC and all that shit...

ive been following the haynes manual right but im still worried.

When i pulled the dist. out the rotor turned a bit.
The only thing i marked was the metal base to engine block
And when i took the cap off, it looked like the rotor was stopped on cylinder 3.

then i began to remove the crankshaft pulley, as i was doing that i accidentally turned the crankshaft.... and i could hear a puff of air coming from somewhere...is this bad?
i looked down the distributor hole and saw that the flat head turn didnt turn any... soo..

im about little bit before halfway on the project, i just need to pull the dampener off, then cover and do the surgical work, then put it all back together.

so whats the worst i can expect after this?
And how could i remedy it?

Thanks for any help!!!
 

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the dampner is only going to go back on one way. so once you put it back on you can find tdc and line up the distributor no sweat.
 

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easy way i learned is to take out the #1 plug, have a homie tap the key forward to turn the engine while you HOLD YOUR THUMB OVER THE HOLE WHERE THE PLUG GOES, this only works with cylinder #1 so make sure thats right first, then, when he hits the key and your finger gets pushed off the hole, it means the engine is comming off its compression stroke on that cylinder, otherwise known as TOP DEAD CENTER. make sure you have him tap the key, like only for a spilt sec. not cranking that wont do any damn goos but give you both sore fingers. then dont worry about where the distributor was marked, just like up the distributor rotor to the #1 spot on the cap and you know it is firing on the compression stroke like it should be. reinstall the distrib and your done.(pending that you have installed all your other shit that you removed) but thats how i learned how to do it. its easy and you dont need to take anything out but a spark plug...got it?
 

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cool, where would i be without you guys?!

i'll let you guys know if i have some problems...

what size nut is it thats retaining the dampener?
i dont have a socket big enough for it
 

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Originally posted by Torx@Aug 13 2005, 05:40 AM~3609257
cool, where would i be without you guys?!

i'll  let you guys know if i have some problems...

what size nut is it thats retaining the dampener?
i dont have a socket big enough for it
the crank socket is 5/8
 

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Originally posted by SolidGoldCaddy@Aug 13 2005, 07:01 PM~3610947
i thought i was bigger than that...maybe not  :dunno:
not on my 305 :cool:


i use an old spark plug socket because its the perfect length.
 

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now i dont think i installed the front seal right.

in the felpro timing chain cover gasket set it included a front seal (metal ring containing inner rubber ring)

on the stock timing cover i had to pop out a metal ring to remove the corroded rubber that was in the middle..

all i did was take the new one and pop it in, i had to mash it in real good..
i didnt reuse the old ring because i couldnt see no use for it or how to reuse it..

now that i got everything back on, i can look down the crankshaft tming cover hole and see that nothing is snug surrounding the shaft coming out.. this is wihtout the dampener on..

The way it looks, is oil is just gonna shoot out the hole once i crank it up..
 

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alrght, i got everything together...

double checked everything..

the things bothering me most right now is..
for some reason i couldnt get the circular base of the distributor flat with the top of the cover. Therefore the bolt that is holding it down is tilted while holding it down..
it should be flat but i fiddled with it so much i couldnt get the whole thing seated properly. The rotor is in sync with the crankshaft because i was turning the crankshaft and the rotor was spinning..

i tried firing it up but its not catching a spark i guess, its just turning over.. no weird sounds or anything..

EDIT:

alright, it turned over and its running (i guess it needed fuel sent) BUT! it sounds horrifying, sounds like somthing is broken on the inside front or on the driver side engine.. Then when i turn it off the side with number 1 plug smokes a little.

ive checked all wiring connections, first time i tried i rushed and forgot to put in antifreeze, dumbass me. Second time i realized i didnt have the alternator hookd up. Third it fired right up but theres a bad sound!


EDIT2: Alright, i fixed the oil issue.. basically the distributor wasnt seated all the way down, thus not making contact with the oil pump stem. Therefore the few times i was running the engine, oil wasnt getting to it, so i basically prolly fucked somthing up again... I refound TDC, reseated the distributor properly with the oil stem, and got the point right on number 1 cylinder.. NOW the bitch wont catch a spark or completely run, im just getting bursts of backfire out of may carb, its not too bad...
I can only turn the dist. body about 2 inches left or right... So what do i do??
 
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