1974 Nova, 355, TH400, posi running 410's
Hello, I was always taught to point the rotor at the #1 cylinder when dropping in a distributor but when I look at any of the 1974 manual diagrams (Haynes, etc) it shows the #1 on the distributor cap as being left of center looking straight at it, basically pointing at #2. So I set the rotor there, but I'm having a hard time getting the timing set on this motor. Should I try taking the distributor out and resetting it? The motor has a Crower solid lifter cam. (first time with solid lifters, a lot noisier than I expected!!) With 5.7" intake lift and 5.9" exhaust lift. The power band was 4000 rpm to 8000 rpm. The camshaft was advanced 2 degrees to lower the power band. So, 3700 to 7700 now. This was all done by the original builder. I bought it done but not running and I've never dealt with a cam like that. I think that is throwing off my ability to time it as nothing lines up with the timing tab. It'll start but its a struggle to get it to idle at less than 900rpm and I'm still getting a backfire through the carb. Any suggestions would be appreciated.