Most Ford dist. caps have a one cast into them, if not
a one there should be a round raised area. Looking
down at the cap it should be just left of the bottom clip
with the vacuum diaphragm pointing away from you.
The rotor turns counter clockwise and the fireing order is
1-5-4-8-6-3-7-2. One being the front cylinder on the
right (passenger) side of the engine.
Bring No. 1 to TDC on the comp. stroke and slip the
dist. in place with the rotor pointing towards the No. 1
position on the cap. (I like to make a mark with a Sharpie
on the dist. housing where No. 1 is with the cap off)
When you start to push the Dist. into place remember that
it will rotate as it goes down on the gear, so compensate
for that. Also if it won’t go onto the oil pump shaft,
just "bump" the engine a little while pushing
down till it goes into place.
If you have points you can put an ohm meter across them
and turn the dist. till they break contact and that will
give you a starting place for your timing, but since you
have converted to a magnetic pickup just point the rotor
to the No. 1 plug wire, aim the little pin on the
point cam to the pickup, and make minor adjustments to the
timing while cranking and it should fire. Once it fires
set the timing with a light and lock it down. Now
you are ready for break-in.
Once you have the engine started check for oil
pressure, if none in 10 sec. shut it off and find the
problem. It is best to spin the oil pump with a drill
motor and a 1/4" socket till you have oil pressure to
prim the system before you ever install the
distributor, that way you know the pump is good and the
engine holds pressure before you start it. If after all
that you don't have pressure after starting, the problem
is most likely the dist. did not connect with the pump
OK, now you are running and have good oil pressure. Run
the RPM up to 2000 and hold it there for 20 min. (always
watch the oil pressure and engine temp. nothing over 210
degrees, shut it down if there is a problem) this
will mate the cam to the lifters and seat the rings. You
want the high idle so lots of oil is being thrown around
on the cam, lifters, and pistons.
I hope this will be helpful to you, feel free to ask
any more questions.