Put new timing chain. This 1983 has been called a one year only model. It has a computer processor under drivers seat. Rotor has two contacts(funky looking) cap has 2 firing orders on it. Cap shows clockwise order but google is counterclock! 302 & 351 orders are on cap.Some call my motor a 351 modified. Googled firing order but got different order! Its not turning over fast as if starter is dragging. What is touring order for oddball motor? Picture of distributor please.

My car has 160000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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The firing order for the vehicle you described is: 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8; the rotation is counter-clockwise. Number 1 on the cap is the terminal closest to cylinder 5 (rear of the cap, on the drivers side). Remember also that it is very important to put the wire to cylinder one in the correct position to start the firing order.

If this is not correctly in place, it can also cause severe running issues as it alters the ignition timing also. The ignition timing being off can definitely have an affect on the starting. If you need assistance with the ignition timing after getting everything settled, I recommend having a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, help you adjust the timing if needed.

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Let the motor get up to operating temperature, and then use a timing light to set the timing between 34°-38°total timing, again you will need to find what works best for your motor.
Definition of `ignition timing`

Ignition timing is the timing of the spark relative to the piston top dead center in a spark ignition engine. You can adjust the ignition timing to suit a fuel of a lower octane rating. The ignition timing ensures that the spark plug ignites the fuel at the optimum moment.

Total ignition timing with vacuum advance connected should be no more than 36 degrees BTDC. At idle, it should be 6 to 12 degrees BTDC.
The firing order for a 5.8L F-150 is 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8 Here is a diagram also: http://autorepair.about.com/library/firing_orders/bl-fo-7237.htm Hope that helps you!
Most stock street engines call for 6 to 8 degrees of initial advance, but this is not set in stone. Engines with longer duration camshafts and other modifications often demand more initial timing.
The ideal ignition timing occurs (at any given rpm) when maximum cylinder pressure is achieved at roughly 15 to 20 degrees after top dead center (ATDC). This is when the piston and rod combination create maximum leverage on the crankshaft.
Idle/staging is typically 55 degrees to ignite the cylinders with a rich idle mixture. Launch typically 50-53 degrees adjusted for an optimum power at launch. Sudden drop of the timing to typically 36 degrees, approx.
The timing can vary between 2 and 12 degrees BTDC, the recommended spark plugs are different and even the plug gaps vary. In most cases starting out with 12 degrees of initial advance is about right.
Best set the timing to 10-12 btdc at 700 rpm or so. The rest of the issues sounds like carburation problems.
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All Ford V8s have the same firing order. It`s 1,3,7,2,6,5,4,8. Your number #1 cylinder is the front cylinder on the passenger side (right side) of the engine.

V8 engines use various different firing orders, even using different firing orders between engines from the same manufacturer.
However, if the spark is at no. 4 at this point, the timing is 180 degrees out. To check this, take the rocker cover off, bring pistons 1 & 4 to TDC and see which rockers have clearance. i.e., you can get a feeler gauge under both inlet and exhaust.
Ignition timing should be somewhere around 6 to 12 degrees BTDC at idle and total timing at 3,500 rpm at 34 to 36 degrees BTDC. This keeps things safe and minimizes the risk of detonation. You want the air/fuel mixture on the fat (rich) side to prevent detonation and a lean meltdown.

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There are two separate sets of marks on this system. One set is for aligning the timing chain to the camshaft gears and the intermediate shaft gear. There will be marks on the chain that raps around the crankshaft gear as well. These marks will not line up after you turn the motor over.The other marks are on the inside of the camshaft gears and align with the cylinder head parting line. If you were to draw a ling through the center of both camshaft gears, they should line up with that imaginary line.

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