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Hi Paul,Craig....................What did you order from the motor shop ???
Did you order a reverse rotation motor ?????
I don't think the 23 Commander with V-drive takes a motor that spins opposite rotation, but by virtue of it being turned around backwards Chris Craft (and nobody else) called it a reverse rotation motor. We need to dig into that to see just what it is you got, and then we can take it from there.
When the motor is running, which way is the flywheel spinning when you are looking at it from behind? If it is spinning RH it's an opposite rotation motor. The identical situation from looking at the front for verification, if it is spinning LH when looking at the front timing damper, you have a RH (opposite rotation) motor.
Thanks guys, I'm digesting all this info. It's funny how you just keep learning more the older you get! I guess I should have quit when I was 18 and knew everything! HAHAHAHAHAHA.Michael Hagler: It wouldn't work at all if they sent him the wrong rotation. The pump on the trans wouldn't provide any pressure, so he would be going nowhere. Also on the flywheel the dimple is at 4deg btc on the 327F and there is a left and right flywheel, they are different.
Michael Hagler: I think the motor needs ti be degreed to find out where tdc really is on his timing marks
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Andy Riggs: I completely agree with using a wheel to degree it. That's the only way to know for sure if the dampener has slipped
Hi Rick,Swap number 1 plug wire with number 8 and let me know what happens.
(This would click camshaft, now thought to be unnecessary)
I swapped plug wires 1 and 8 and the engine fired up and ran, not well but it did run and the timing light showed timing at about 90 degrees before.