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I replaced all the gaskets on a pre vortec chevy 350 engine in a 1983 chevy corvette. when I tried to start the engine after replacing the gaskets it would backfire through the carb and would not start. I changed the distributor cap(which was in need of replacement) but i still only get a backfire. could you tell me how to find where the number one wire goes on the distributer, just in case i have them mixed up. i know which cylinder is number one on the motor. I also tried turning distributor 180 degrees and got no fire what so ever. is there any other suggestions where my problem may be in addition to wires. It shouldn't have jumped time because it has gears instead of a timing chain.

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HI SHERRY, THIS ENGINE HAS A TMING CHAIN,AND CAM AND CRANK GEARS. HOWEVER IF THIS ENG WAS RUNNING BEFORE YOU REPLACED THE GASKETS I DONT FEEL YOUR PROBLEM IS HERE. YOU DID NOT TELL ME WHAT GASKETS YOU REPLACED !! IF IT WAS THE INTAKE AND YOU REMOVED THE DIST THEN MORE THEN LIKELY THE DIST IS OFF..FIRING ORDER IS 18436572 LEFT BANK DRIVERS SIDE =1357 PASS BANK =2468 YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO REMOVE THE DIST CAP AND GET THE ENG UP TO TDC.THE ROTOR SHOUD BE SOMEWHERE POINTING TOWARDS THE FRONT OF THE ENG,IF POINTING TO THE REAR YOU ARE 180 OUT. TURN THE ENG AGAIN TIL THE TDC IS UP AGAIN NOW THE ROTOR SHOULD BE POINTING TOWARDS THE FRONT OF THE ENG..THIS IS #1 [COMPRESSION STROKE] MARK THE DIST CASE WITH SOME CHAUK SO WHEN YOU PUT THE DIST CAP BACK ON YOU CAN SEE THE MARK. NOW GET # 1 PLUG WIRE  AND PUT IT ON THE DIST CAP TOWER WHERE THE CHAULK MARK IS FOR  #1>>> NEXT IS #8 4,3,6,5,7,2 GOING ON THE CAP CLOCKWISE POSITION..LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED MORE HELP BUT I THINK THIS ENG IS JUST OUT OF TIME..GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND LET ME KNOW....TOM.

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PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS BEFORE ASKING ANY QUESTIONS. IF THIS CHEVY SECTION IS MAXED OUT.YOU CAN REACH ME IN THE OLDS/BUICK SECTION. Will answer questions from 6:00am to 10:00pm all days [EST][[[ NO DIESEL OR PAINT QUESTIONS]]] will answer all 1965 to present QUESTIONS ON ALL GM'S on mechanics of these cars. Keep in mind i am not there in person i am going on what you are telling me !! PLEASE IF ASKING A QUESTION GIVE ME AS MUCH INFO AS POSSIBLE. THE MORE THE BETTER. SUCH AS YEAR,MAKE,MODEL,ENGINE SIZE. THIS WILL HELP ME HELP YOU. I will not be able to answer all questions because of some situations that i would really need to be there and see things for myself,such as electrical issues. In many cases i would need wiring diagrams. I can also give you an estimate on what the cost would be at our repair shop as an idea to help you. Keep in mind that my answer is ONLY MY ADVICE,ck with your mechanic as well.. >> THANK YOU, TOM..

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I have been a ASE certified master mechanic for over 30 years and certified IN ALL 8 CATEGORIES,[engine repair,engine performance,auto trans,manual trans,clutches,steering and suspension,brakes,electrical systems,heating and air/cond. I am also a state CERTIFIED inspector for over 30 years. I do computer work [pcm]fault codes,pcm flashing,state inspection monitor readiness,repairs on exhaust,fuel service,[injection and carburetor,] charging system problems, running issues,alignments,frame problems,tire balance,struts and of course standard and anti-lock brakes.

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