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Re: 1936 international 6 cylinder flat head with 6 volt wiri

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Siegmund

08-19-2020 05:17:24




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0ver 1i2 yr this has sat in a non-heated but dry barn. it was running ok before it sat although it was not idling well when I parked it.My problem now is that the ignition wires are mixed upland I don't know which goes where. I have a new set that I want to prepare and install anyhow but I can't figure where to run them. It is a flathead straight 6 engine.the rotor seems to turn counter-clockwise in the distributor.I think the cylinders are 1-2-3-4-5-6 beginning at the firewall with #1? the distributor only seats in on position (has an index tab/slot).but I can't fid any number on the distr. that would ID the positions!?Any thoughts would be appreciated greatly.

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steve s. in pa

08-19-2020 13:36:44




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 Re: 1936 international 6 cylinder flat head with 6 volt wiri in reply to Siegmund, 08-19-2020 05:17:24  
You are correct. your cylinders are 1 to 6, front to back. Your firing order is probably cast into the cylinder head somewhere, but it is 153624. To find number one on your distributor cap, take the spark plug out of number 1 cylinder, place your thumb over the open plug hole, and have a helper turn the engine over( by hand is best, or jack the truck up and turn a back wheel in gear, but you can hit the starter if you have to) until you feel the compression against your thumb. Now look at the position of your distributor rotor. It should be pointing at or close to where your number 1 plug wire should be. Since you already know the direction of the distributor rotation, just install the wires starting at number one, and follow the firing order in the direction of rotation. Steve

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