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I probably should have described in better detail just what I did to my '02 to make plain what it is that I need to do. Sorry about that! I had a very frustrating Saturday afternoon/evening with my '02 where I succeeded in removing the distributor only to lose its position/orientation relative to the crank. Frustrating to walk up to my running '02, only to immobilize it as work progressed. Anyhow, might I just get away with clicking the starter or turning a single rear wheel (thanks! - very good idea) to position the ball bearing inset onto the flywheel so that it is visible, or will either of these approaches be too imprecise? From above I'm at pains to see the timing marks at the front of the engine, although crawling in from below is the next step. Insights shared are appreciated as always. Thanks!

Mike K.

'74 '02 Malaga

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...and observe the position of the cam. At TDC, you should have valve overlap on #4 and the opposite on #1 (cam lobes pointing down). To move the motor, just put the car in 4th gear and push if forward a bit until you are close the right spot (ignition off, of course). Another trick that works with some motors is to squeeze the fan belt tight and move the fan with your hand- if the belt is grippy enough, this will move the crank pully. BTW, you should be moving the motor clockwise (when viewed from the front).

Chris B.

'73 ex-Malaga

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get an assistant or a remote starter. remove the #1 spark plug and crank the engine with your thumb in the plug hole until you start to feel compression.this ensures that the piston is on its compression stroke. then observe the fan pulley(you may need a flashlight to see the marks) and continue cranking until the pointer lines up with the first "Z" notch (immediately after the "OT" notch.there are two Zs one for 3 deg and one for 25 deg. ) I think 3 degrees BTDC is what you want for static timing and refitting the distributor. If you have a good remote starter (the kind with a round button on top) you can do this with accuracy, but hooking the leads up to the solenoid on an 02 can be a nightmare. (especially if the diverter valve is still there.)good luck.

-alex

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Definitly pull the valve cover if you have rotated the crank 180 or more degrees. At that point the only way to be certain of TDC on number 1 is to go by the notch on the cam shaft where the chain sproket is installed. Notch should be un top and line up with the center of the head.

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...I'll visit the car to set things right. Initially, I'll likely turn the engine to see how close I might be able to line up the front and rear timing marks simply with the starter motor. I'll likely progress to a large socket if a few degrees of additional movement is desired, and if unsuccessful in this quest I'll likely lift a wheel to turn the engine while in gear. With the car in a lock up, shoving it forward only to be unable to start it, especially alone, is probably not an option at present. I'm tempted to substitute the cam cover for another (current fitting was taken from a '72 and media blasted, although the salt-exposed rust belt environment has resulted in some mild pitting) should I turn up a replacement that could be media blasted for a slightly tidier look. Thanks to all for your interest. Best regards...

Mike K.

'74 '02 Malaga

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