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Distributor out, lost my marks

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I know where the #1 post is in the cap and can mark that on to the distributor body, then remove the cap and install the rotor pointing at the mark

I can set the engine up to #1 TDC

now what I need to know is, should the #1 post be directly in the center of the rotor head?

Or should the rotor head be just about to start contacting the #1 post?

I know that I can just adjust the distributor accordingly either way as long as it's in the general region of the #1 post until I achieve the correct ignition timing with my gun,

BUT I want it to be as close as possible because I'll be firing up the motor for the first time after being torn down and the new cams need to go through the break in procedure by running the RPM at 2k (immediately) for 30 minutes. Any time idling during the break in can damage my cams

So I can't be screwing around with the timing light during the cam break in

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Once again, mine is ignition timing, not engine timing. I got it started and that's good. it's not right, but I have plan to get it that way.....
Well I got it done, lining its​ up to the #1 post to the starting of the rotor was off a few teeth so I just readjusted

Basically the rotor position needs to be pretty much in line with the distributor's electrical plug, in the center of the plug

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