Gose counterclockwise on 302-360-390 and 460.
Rotor turns counterclockwise.
Counterclockwise for the V-8, clockwise for the straight six.
All factory available engines for 1985 Rangers have a CLOCKWISE ROTATION on the distributor
Ford V8 engine - COUNTERCLOCKWISE Ford straight 6 cylinder engine - CLOCKWISE
turn it to the right.
Loosen the distributor hold down first. On most distributors turning clockwise will advance timing, CCW will retard timing. For V8s I like to set the timing like this: Advance timing a bit, then grab the throttle on the carb and rev the engine to full throttle. Keep repeating these 2 steps until the engine stumbles or pings when you rev it up. When you get to that point set the timing back just a touch, and rev it again to make sure you are at the point just before where it wants to stumble.
4 cylinder and V6 engines - CLOCKWISE V8 engine - COUNTERCLOCKWISE
If it is a plug loosen counterclockwise If it is a petcock loosen clockwise
By rotating the distributor.