Sounds like you are lined up on Zero, 180 degrees out
(You are at the top of the exhaust stroke or the beginning of the intake stroke)
IF IT WERE MINE, THIS MIGHT STRAIGHTEN EVERY THING OUT!
YOU ARE THIS FAR IN---I WOULD SPEND THE $$$$$ FOR A NEW--SLACKLESS, VIRGIN GEAR SET AND CHAIN
IF IT WILL GO ON CORRECTLY---that is: CRANK--Shaft, then crankshaft gear MARK, Then Camshaft Gear Mark, and then The CAM--Shaft (marks in the center). IF THIS CAN BE DONE.
Without moving a shaft 180 degrees----ALL IS AS YOU DESCRIBED, WITH DIST. IN THE WRONG POSITION. SOMETHING IS TERRIBLY WRONG!
IF YOU HAVE TO MOVE THE CAMSHAFT 180 DEGREES TO GET THE NEW GEARS (and their KEY-WAYS) TO LINE UP---YOUR DIST. IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE NOW!----REASSEMBLE! LETS HEAR IT RUN!
IF YOU DO NOT BUY THE NEW STUFF, TRY THIS:
Mark the 2 marks with a black marker
With someones finger/ Thumb, in the spark plug hole. Really seal it good!
Can you bump the engine on around till the marks line up in the center (that is CRANK--Shaft, then crankshaft gear MARK, Then Camshaft Gear Mark, and then The CAM--Shaft
This can be done with a remote starter, with the key (WATCH MOVING PARTS) or with a "Pull Bar" or "Breaker Bar"
See if you get that "SPIT" when you come up starting the compression stroke
(I cannot visualize the Jeep attempting to run 180 OUT!). Please tell me it spits when you line 'em up in the center (clockwise turn, viewed from the front)
THE ONLY OTHER EXPLANATION I COULD HAVE FOR THE DISTRIBUTOR IS, THE ROLL PIN SHEARED, IT SPUN THE DIST. GEAR 180 DEGREES, THEN IT "STUCK" AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PIN HOLE
Or someone snatched it out, thought they were replacing it at compression stroke, but actually put it in on exhaust stroke.I had a buddy show up, he torqued a main bearing cap (without being told to even help) when I went to eat, I came back to find it was on backwards, and now BENT OUT OF SHAPE, it required some TLC and had to be line-bored.I know what might could happen on your end!
I've got the same Jeep you do (1977 CJ5. Better!), 'Cept I put a 2 bbl cam (was a 1 bbl YF carb w/ 1 bbl cam) in it when I rebuilt it, and added the Holley 390 4bbl Carb and Offy Intake
We will get you thru this!
Wanna See My Jeep Mods. Click on me, leave Email in my messaging (private). When I get it I will tell you the process to read and understand the pics!
Respond with something that makes sense. Like you were not on compression stroke but now you are!
The Medic. PS. Am I helping you at all, with my "Country Fixin'" Techniques and Wild explanations?
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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 AT 2:51 AM