Re: will an engine start with cam 180 out
Well, you really can't get the cam 180 out. If you put it together with the timing marks 180 out (tdc exhaust stroke instead of compression stroke), as soon as you rotate then engine one full turn everything is where it needs to be. Now if you put the distributer in with it on exhaust stroke instead of compression, then the distributer will be 180 out and no, it won't run. If you are trying to find exact tdc it's just about as easy to pull the timing cover off and line the marks up. If you are just wanting to check and be sure you're not 180 out on the distributer, you can actually pull the valve cover off and bump the engine around and watch the valves open and close. After the intake valve opens and closes and you hear it hiss out of the spark plug hole (spark plug removed of course) you'll be in the ball park. It's not exact by a long shot but you can look at your rotor position with your distributer cap off and it will be real obvious if you're 180 out. Hope I explained that all well, it's been a long day. Good Luck.
86 Camaro tired 305 low output only heaven knows how many miles on it. Lunati cam, Edelbrock torquer intake, Holley 670 Street Avenger Carb, Hei distributor, Headman headers, 373 gears, lock rite locker, shift kit, 2500 rmp stall converter. Best 1/8 mile time so far: 8.89