12-16-2009, 05:49 PM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Independence, MO
When those posts talk about turning the distributor rotor 180 degrees, it means that you must remove the adjuster bolt then pull the entire inner part of the distributor out, rotate the distributor rotor 180 degrees, then push it back in. As you re-install, the gearing will turn slightly as it slides into place so you'll need to compensate for that rotation when you reinstall.
As for the crank/camshaft orientation, the best bet is to follow the Samurai Factory Service manual. There is an '88 FSM at Ack's FAQ (see link in signature). Do a search for fsm to download it.
In a nutshell, you need to set your crank/camshaft timing per the fsm so that one of the cylinders (1 or 4 are easy to find) is at top dead center with all the valves closed - ignition stroke - then install the distributor rotor so that the rotor itself points jut a tiny bit ahead of the the selected cylinder's contact point on the distributor cap. This should line everything up for correct timing. Dial it in with the adjuster on the distributor.
I hope that this helps!
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