Thinking a bit ahead, i thougt about the distributor.  As i havnt put on the heads and seeing the pistons approach top, would this be a good time tonput it back in.  I marked the cap on disassembly, by my spark wires as the were in the car in the old engine.  I hvnt put in the distributor before so ive been reading and you tubing to get a visual reference, but most are w engine in and heads on.

I hv my rockers done, my springs and all done, and am looking to attach to block in nxt day or so.  Front cover is obviuosly on given HB discussion.   So would it be a good idea to try and put it in before heads or after.  I know i need to get the bottom end on so, put oil in and prime engine via drill and a 12mm bit, but after that, would the distrubtor be nxt?

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Doesnt matter one way or the other.  with the heads on, you can see the piston through the spark plug hole.

Just make sure that when you install the distributor, you line up the rotor with the piston at the top of the compression stroke.

Do put the heads on to the engine first 
Compression stroke is when the piston is rising and both valves are closed 

That is  also when the spark plug fires 

This is easy to see ——with the valve covers off as you will see the intake valve open watching the rocker arm  while cranking the engine with the coil wire out —-on  the number one cylinder and the next time that piston rises in the number one cylinder that is your compression stroke 

You timing mark on the HB will be on exact  zero to view 

You can use a screw driver  in the spark plug hole to feel the top of the piston if you would need to only when the piston is coming to the very top of its travel 

Put the valve covers back on the engine when ready to start it 

You  want to install the dist right after you push oil thru the engine with the tool down the dist shaft to oil prime the engine 

Installing the dist is one of the last thing that go back on to  the engine before the start up 
I can help you with the dist installation and wiring of the dist cap when you are ready to get the dist ready to fire and the engine to fire up 

Enjoy 

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