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    Getting my Terminator install finished up. I had it running with the non-computer controlled distributor, but now I'm switching over to a MSD computer controlled distributor.
    I hooked everything up according to instructions, but it's not firing. On the MSD distributor, there's no marking for the #1 plug wire and I hooked everything the same way the old distributor was. Just wondering if (because of the computer control) is the #1 plug wire a specific location?

    Thanks, Larry G

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    What MSD distributor are you using? When you say it's not firing, do you mean like no spark at all, or not starting up similar to the distributor being out of time or firing order mixed up?
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    I have a 351C, so I got the MSD 8453 computer controlled distributor that's for a 351W, I shortened the shaft and changed out the gear to a 351C gear.
    Not starting up, similar to the distributor being out of time, or firing order mixed up.
    I installed the new distributor with the rotor pointing at the position of the #1
    terminal of the old distributor that I removed. (Sort of pointed at the master cylinder.)
    0° TDC on compression stroke, all the wires are going to the correct plugs. Just not starting, and I'll get a little backfire.
    I see the pickup in the new distributor, but when the rotor is pointed at it,
    what I think is #1 plug on the cap (towards master cylinder), the pickup is 2 terminals to the left.
    I've emailed MSD asking if there is a specific #1 terminal, still waiting for a answer.

    Thanks, Larry G
    Last edited by larryg; 02-23-2015 at 09:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larryg View Post
    On the MSD distributor, there's no marking for the #1 plug wire and I hooked everything the same way the old distributor was. Just wondering if (because of the computer control) is the #1 plug wire a specific location?
    Yes, I think there is a #1 cylinder (cap terminal) identification, because it's a sequentially fired distributor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Cabral View Post
    Yes, I think there is a #1 cylinder (cap terminal) identification, because it's a sequentially fired distributor.
    Yes, I also agree. But there's absolutely no #1 terminal markings on the cap, outside or inside. I think it's adjacent to the pickup inside the distributor, which is 2 terminals left of what I thought it was. I'll see what MSD says when they answer my email. Thanks.

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    OK, I got it figured out and it's starting & running. Won't be driving until winter goes away, but I do have other things to wrap-up before then. The #1 terminal (not marked on the cap) is the terminal adjacent to the pickup inside the distributor. Guess I should have thought that out a bit more, before installing it the way I did. Anyhow, I got it and it's running, now the fun begins.

    Thanks, Larry G

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    Quote Originally Posted by larryg View Post
    OK, I got it figured out and it's starting & running. The #1 terminal (not marked on the cap) is the terminal adjacent to the pickup inside the distributor.
    Thanks for the update. That should prove very helpful to others.
    May God's grace bless you in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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