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Old 02-22-2016, 01:33 PM   #1
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What's wrong with this picture?

Several years ago I volunteered to stop and look at an Argosy motorhome that had broken down near St. Louis and the owners were looking to sell it. I took several dozen photos and forwarded them on to the prospective buyer.

This morning I was looking through the pictures as I was looking for an example of how something was put together on the motorhome. Since I'm also in the middle of replacing the spark plug cables on my Argosy I glanced at the picture I took of the engine.

I'm by no means a Chevy expert but I'm pretty sure there's something wrong in this picture. Can anyone else spot what I think I've seen?

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Old 02-22-2016, 01:53 PM   #2
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It's wired to fire 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8?
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Old 02-22-2016, 01:59 PM   #3
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Well, it did have a minor vibration.....

I'm not sure its 12345678, but it is definitely firing all cylinders on one side and then all cylinders on the other.

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Old 02-22-2016, 02:10 PM   #4
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So I'm not losing my mind!

I looked at that picture and finally compared it to a few other pictures that I have of other motorhome engines and figured it can't possibly be connected properly. I can't remember whether it was the engine or transmission that finally failed but after looking at the picture I'm betting it was the engine.

Minor vibration might be putting it mildly!

Thanks for confirming my suspisions

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Old 02-22-2016, 02:55 PM   #5
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It is firing 1-3-5-7-2-4-6-8 That thing should have made all kinds of racket!
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Looks like 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 to me. You cant really tell on the odd side though.
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It's called a "Corrected Design" cap. The circuits from rotor tip to the plug wire connector cross over internally. The idea was for a cleaner plug wire installation. Doesn't work too well for daily drivers, might be okay for show cars that don't get driven much.
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Looks like 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 to me. You cant really tell on the odd side though.
Tonight I'm going to try and find the rest of the pictures that I took to see if I have any better views. I typically take lots of pictures from all angles so who knows.

I can't believe it made it cross country on the wrong firing order but stranger things have happened.
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It's called a "Corrected Design" cap. The circuits from rotor tip to the plug wire connector cross over internally. The idea was for a cleaner plug wire installation. Doesn't work too well for daily drivers, might be okay for show cars that don't get driven much.
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/acc-8141r
Interesting concept but from reading the reviews it sounds like it was a real POS which probably explains why it's not available for sale right now
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It seems ACCEL still make corrected caps.

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I have this same type of cap on my orange "47 Chevy and Lynn's '37 Buick They are black Crossfire, not a red Accel. Makes things nice and clean as well as easy to wire. Don't know if they are available for other makes.
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Chevy engine?

Looks like a FORD engine to me, I dont remember any Chevy with the distributer in front of engine.
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Forgot I was looking from the rear of engine
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There's nothing wrong with the wiring. It's just the pistons are numbered incorrectly.
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