you have to take the whole engine apart to change the timing. is your thermostat stuck closed
Yes, but you also must consider valve timing. Moving the distributor changes the ignition timing only. If you have a worn out timing chain you will have overheating with boiling over when you shut it off, loss of power, and possibly late transmission shifting if it's an automatic transmission. HTH. -Jim
Thermostat is OK just put distributor in
Then you'll want to adjust the ignition timing to factory specs. If your ignition timing is retarded (late) the engine will run hot. Use a timing light and follow the instructions on the emissions decal or a repair manual for the proper procedure. HTH. -Jim
Already tried was wondering if distributor could be in wrong
There's only two ways to put in a distributor. The right way and 180° out. If it is 180° out your truck wouldn't run at all. HTH. -Jim
It never overheated before and I tried to adjust timing it didn't make a difference
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