Distributor alignment

Tiny
GERALDBASFORD
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  • 1989 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE
1989 Chevy Chevelle V8

I have set my engine on 8 degrees before top dead center with number one on the right stroke and have my distributor cap off. I have the I think what you call it a reductor wheel as part of the rotor assembly. My question is with the magnetice pickup does it produce spark when it sees a air gap or does it require the metal tooth to block the gap?Also should it be in the middle or start of the are gap or the middle or start of the metal tooth between the sensors?I know some are opposite of each other.

Thanks for your consideration.
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Saturday, April 4th, 2009 AT 1:34 PM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi geraldbasford,

Thank you for the donation.

Sparks would be produced when the reluctor passes through the nearest point between the 2 points.

Electronic ignition are not easy to set static timing. At the timing that you have set, the reluctor should be pointing directly at the pickup coil.
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Monday, April 27th, 2009 AT 2:19 PM
Tiny
2CARPRO JACK
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An 89 Chevelle? V-8? Which way is the rotor pointing? I dont get what you are trying to do, When you install a distributor, you get it as close as possible, but then when the engine is running, a timing light is used to get it exactly where it needs to be. Trying to get it exactly right before a light is used is all but impossuble due to mechanical adn production variances of parts.
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Monday, April 27th, 2009 AT 2:24 PM

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