Setting timing what RPMs should I run at idle

Tiny
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How To Put Hei Cap On Correctly
i have a 350 sb chevy today I washed my motor and got my hei cap and rotor wet so I removed the cap. Well cant remember the exact position of cap how do I put them back on correctly. I tried onces but didnt run very well and was hard to start. Not sure of year of motor its a gm sb 350 crate motor

I dont know anything about cars it has 4 screws with hooks on end also I loosened the bolt on distributor and moved it I know not very smart. So any sugestions do I need to pull #1 spark plug
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Saturday, April 14th, 2012 AT 6:52 AM

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Tiny
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First lets tackle the poor running. If water got inside the cap and you tried to run the engine, the arcing would likely have caused carbon tracking. You can try scrubbing it with a rag but your best bet will be to replace the cap and rotor. That system is capable of producing very high voltage and any residual carbon tracking is going to cause misfires.

If you removed the spark plug wires from the ring that goes on top of the cap, you'll need to find top dead center on cylinder #1 on the compression stroke, then look where the rotor is pointing under the cap. That's where spark plug number 1 goes on top of the cap. From there, put the wires in the firing order, 1, 8, 4, 3, 6, 5, 7, 2. Cylinder 1 is driver's side front, then working back they're 3, 5, and 7. The passenger side, front to back is 2, 4, 6, 8. I think your distributor turns clockwise as you're looking down on it.

Once it's running smoothly, you'll need a timing light to properly set the ignition timing. You might also be able to see the "witness marks" where the bolt was tightened previously. Set the distributor to the same place for a starting point.
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Saturday, April 14th, 2012 AT 7:09 AM
Tiny
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There's a locating notch and tab on the cap so you can only install it one way. Also look where the wire is that plugs in under that extra square connector hanging off the side. If you try to put the cap on wrong, that wire won't reach.
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Saturday, April 14th, 2012 AT 7:18 AM

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