Originally Posted by Rotorbolt
That works if its running and the cam is already broke in.. I did mine the way the factory manual states. One cylinder at a time setting each one at TDC firing position and adjusting both cylinder valves in the firing order of the engine.
Adjust the valves when the lifter is on the base circle of the camshaft as follows:
1. Mark distrubutor housing with chalk, at each plug wire position then disconnect plug wires at spark plugs and remove the distributor cap and plug wire assembly.
2. Turn the engine over until the distributor rotor points to number one cylinder position and breaker points are open. Both valves on number one cylinder may now be adjusted.
3. Back out adjusting nut untill lash is felt at the push rod and turn in adjusting nut untill all lash is removed. This can be determined by checking push rod side play while turning the adjusting nut. When play is removed, turn the adjusting nut one full additional turn ( to center the lifter plunger).
4. Adjust the remaining valves one cylinder at a time in the same manner.
5. reinstall the distributor cap and wire assembly.
6. install the valve cover
I want to make sure I get this right being a newbie cause not only did I remove the cylinder head to be rebuilt (by a cylinder head repair shop) but I have also done a few other things that might be worth mentioning before I turn the key
- Rebuilt the rochester single carb (according to the instructions in the kit from NAPA)
- Installed an HEI conversion kit from Pertronix (according to the instructions in the kit from Pertronix)
Becuase its an HEI conversion I think that what youve listed above would be different in my case right?
Heres where I am currently in putting it back together