Hey guys I got a a 1991 Chevrolet suburban which I believe is 350 5.7 L engine and I seem to have a timing issue. It all started when I took the distributor cap off to check if it needed replacement, when I took it off one of bolts broke flush with the distributor and didn’t notice until I went to put it back on so I decided to just pull the cap back and when I did the second bolt did the same thing. Being stuck far from anything I tried wire ting the distributor cap down to see if it would run. Mind you not I am homeless and that wasy only option at that time.
When I started the engine it began spurting, choking and somewhat began to smoke so I quickly shut her down.
I’ve since then drilled out the broken bolts and retapped the holes and installed a new distributor cap and rotor button and started the engine and its sputtering like crazy and doing the same thing.
I next pulled off the cap and manually turn the engine and lined up the mark on the harmonic balancer to TDC and when I checked the distributor the rotor is about a inch or less from #1 plug and I’m on compression stroke because if I turn one more rotation the rotor is on the other side of #1.
I also noticed slack in the timing chain when turning the crank the rotor don’t move with it until the chain slack is gone.
I never moved the distributor and the engine ran fairly smooth until I started the engine with the rigged cap.
Any ideas what might have happened and why the distributor rotor has moved past #1 when on TDC?