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ok boys, heres the deal!! Bought myself a d16a6 out of a 91 crx to swap into my 89 civic si, all I used was the block and head, the intake is off of the 89 d16a6. After building it all from block up (I surfaced the head, re-seated all the valves etc) new headgasket, I went to fire it up, and it would seem I'm only runnin on 3 cylinders, either that or the timing is severely WRONG! lol! I timed it by putting the keyway pointing to the little arrow on the timing belt cover, and the cam in the "up" position with the two slashes square with the edgle of the head. my question would be if that is correct or not, should I have put the keyway straight up like the cam? any help is appreciated, I'd like to finish this today!
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check your wires
 

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if it was that simple, I wouldn't be asking people for help, the whole ignition is new 2 months ago, blaster coil with msd cap and rotor and wires. plugs are also brand new yesterday, spark is not an issue.
 

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not the spark check the order there in on the dizzy might have put them wrong...
 

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nopers, thats why my best friends when takin everything out was a sharpie and masking tape, I labled everything. Although, when I put the dizzy back on the cam, I just put it in, I wasn't paying attention to where the slot sits, can you put that slot in the cam backwards? THAT would throw out my timing for sure
 

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if the cam and or dizzy is wore out you can put them in 180 out. they arent suppose to but if there is wear then it will go in this way. you can try and flip 180 and try it but i dont it would run period if it was that far off. If that doest work then take the bolts out of the dizzy allowing it to advance or retard to a maximum. hold it in place, have someone crank it up and advance it or retard it past the stock holes and if it clears up then you are most likely 1-3 teeth off, i done the same thing when doing what you are doing. just a thought
 

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if the cam and or dizzy is wore out you can put them in 180 out. they arent suppose to but if there is wear then it will go in this way. you can try and flip 180 and try it but i dont it would run period if it was that far off. If that doest work then take the bolts out of the dizzy allowing it to advance or retard to a maximum. hold it in place, have someone crank it up and advance it or retard it past the stock holes and if it clears up then you are most likely 1-3 teeth off, i done the same thing when doing what you are doing. just a thought

thanks bro, I'll give it a try, see what happens, my nice little haynes manual said to point the key at the arrow on the timing cover, but all my other cars I just put the key all the way up, so I guess I will fuck around with the easy shit first, and hopefully it works out. thanks for the help!
 

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Do the SOHC's have a pin to dowel the cam in the correct position like the DOHC's do? If so definately use it (use the back of a 5mm drill bit) (it locks the cam in place) and take out spark plug 1 and drop a long piece of wire in so it sits on the crown of the piston, that way you can watch it aproach exact top dead centre as you turn the motor over with the crank pully by hand. I've found this is by far the most accurate way to do it and leaves almost no margin for error.
It wont be your dizzy, the slots and tabs are offset so it will only go in the correct way, it would have to be real worn before it could go in backwards and if it were in backwards timing would be 180 out and would not fire at all. or ceratinly not run anyway.
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no the sohcs dont have a way to lock them in place like the dohcs do, though it would be very nice, i've often thought why not put one in the cam and the crank thus leaving no way to have out of time.
 

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Whoa! Where is that road in your avatar man that thing is off the hook!
 
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