wont start, where do leads go on distributor cap?

54 pickup

Bigger Hammer
Jan 20, 2010
Willys Model
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The hurricane six wont start, and I`m starting too wonder if the prev owner has connected the leads wrong on the distributor cap.

Where should the lead to the #1 sylinder go on the cap? If you have a pic it would be nice.
It is not uncommon for the distributor drive shaft on the L226 to be a tooth or so off either way. Rotate the engine until #1 cylinder is at TDC on the compression stroke, take a look at where the distributor rotor is pointing, that is where to plug in #1 wire.
Did rotate and that gave sylinder 1, on the oposite side of where the #1 lead used to be. Tried too start it in that order but now it backfires :eek: Just once in one cycle, it doesnt start just one loud bang. Atleast I have spark :thumbup:
The 226 is a bit of odd duck, in that it can't be a tooth off. The distributor shaft is a slot fit with an off-set side.

Your firing order is 1,5,3,6,2,4

Here are some pics. The engine bay pic is from a friends 55 pick up. Note that the number 1 wire is pretty much straight ahead, then go from there with the firing order in a counter clockwise rotation.

It is possible that your timing chain could have slipped but I doubt it. This is a bit of an odd duck as well. If you have the #1 cylinder at top dead center on the compression stroke, the alignment marks on your timing gears need to be 9 links apart. The alignment marks on the gears DO NOT line up with each other.

You should be able to click on the pictures for enlargement and be able to read them.

Hope this helps you out.


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aquawilly54 said:
The 226 is a bit of odd duck, in that it can't be a tooth off. The distributor shaft is a slot fit with an off-set side. Steve

Actually, it can be a tooth off if the oil pump is installed incorrectly, that is with the drive tab for the distributor shaft in the wrong position. I have run into this a couple of times.
I agree Bill, but apparently this thing was running for a while, prior to this issue. I don't recall anything about the oil pump being removed and reinstalled.

Where you at Kjetil? What's your status?
Atleast I know leads are in the right order now, But still wont start... I have not bee able to look into the other things.
Will update when I get a chance too look at it, thanks.