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marknanh
08-14-2005, 11:26 PM
Newbie question: just about ready to set the timing on my 1988 TriStar (351 Indmar), timing light lead in hand. Standing in front of the engine near the water pump, which cylinder (left/right, front/back) is number 1?

Thanks in advance.

Mark

6ballsisall
08-14-2005, 11:56 PM
#1 is right behind the captains seat. Facing engine from front (facing ski pylon looking aft) Left hand Side front to back: 1,2,3,4 Right hand side: 5,6,7,8

jimmer2880
08-15-2005, 07:29 AM
Also - it would be labeled on your intake above the valve-cover - an inverted stamp on the intake manifold.

marknanh
08-15-2005, 10:42 AM
Thanks for your help. Now back to timing the engine...

Hoosier Bob
08-15-2005, 03:38 PM
What? Are you sure? I thought Odds were left facing the engine and evens were right facing the engine. Left(Starboard side) driver side 1357 and right or passenger (port of ship) 2468.Check the firing order on the manifold and match with the cap. :twocents: I still believe the number one is behind the drivers seat so that is all you will need to know. Quote: Facing engine from front (facing ski pylon looking aft) Left hand Side front to back: 1,2,3,4 Right hand side: 5,6,7,8[/QUOTE]

bigmac
08-15-2005, 04:03 PM
Also - it would be labeled on your intake above the valve-cover - an inverted stamp on the intake manifold.

Also, isn't the #1 plug wire marked on the underside of the distributer cap?

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jimmer2880
08-15-2005, 04:35 PM
Also, isn't the #1 plug wire marked on the underside of the distributer cap?

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I've never seen that - but I'm not a true mechanic - just play on one weekends occasionally. Mainly because it really doesn't matter where on the cap #1 is, just that they are in the proper order.

bigmac
08-15-2005, 04:43 PM
I've never seen that - but I'm not a true mechanic - just play on one weekends occasionally. Mainly because it really doesn't matter where on the cap #1 is, just that they are in the proper order.

Yeh, I was just thinking that a guy could trace the #1 plug wire to the #1 cylinder.

Workin' 4 Toys
08-15-2005, 06:03 PM
I do know where it is, and you people just confused me!! Mark, I won't bother adding more info to this alredy confusing thread, good luck with it, and repost if you need more help.

6ballsisall
08-15-2005, 06:21 PM
I've never seen that - but I'm not a true mechanic - just play on one weekends occasionally. Mainly because it really doesn't matter where on the cap #1 is, just that they are in the proper order.

Ding ding ding!! :D

6ballsisall
08-15-2005, 06:21 PM
What? Are you sure? I thought Odds were left facing the engine and evens were right facing the engine. Left(Starboard side) driver side 1357 and right or passenger (port of ship) 2468.Check the firing order on the manifold and match with the cap. :twocents: I still believe the number one is behind the drivers seat so that is all you will need to know. Quote: Facing engine from front (facing ski pylon looking aft) Left hand Side front to back: 1,2,3,4 Right hand side: 5,6,7,8[/QUOTE]

Not on a Ford Motor, Chevrolet Motor yes you are correct

JLeuck64
08-15-2005, 06:43 PM
On engines with a "V" configuration (V6 or V8) if you stand at the front of the engine and look down from overhead you will notice that one of the cylinder heads is a little more forward than the other. That bank has the number one cylinder in it. Attach your timing light pickup to that spark plug wire.

Hope this helps some,