OK, guys. I got the motor running this weekend, finally. I started it up and it ran like crap. Found out 2 wires were loose on the distributor. I set the timing at 6 degrees and the car still ran like crap and would hardly stay running. I am running the stock cam and I retarded it 4 degrees on the timing chain. Now, this is the part I need some help with. I tried turning up the timing to 14-15 degrees and the car ran a lot better. The idle smoothed out to about 800 rpm. So my question is for the people who run a retarded stock cam. Do you have to advance the ignition timing to compensate for the retarded cam timing? Like I said, if I set the timing at 6-10 deg, it runs like crap. I did take out the spout connector. The rockers prob need some adjustment, but I wouldn't think a few loose rockers would make the car run so bad. I have not had the chance to take if for a spin yet. Still have to bleed the brakes.
I have gotten some replies on this issue elsewhere and some say that I am off a tooth on the distributor and that I DO have to compensate for the retarded cam with advancing the ignition.
1993 LX hatch
Incon 800TTi, AFR heads, Holley intake, stock cam
11.21 @ 124
480 whp, 520 wtq (10 psi)