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Wait a minute.. that post was a Left hand drive vehicle... I have them installed in the right direction after all

I can't actually find anything in the workshop manual about the direction the rods face.. just instructions to match the numbers on the rod caps on the same side as the rod.

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If it's a US car, it is left hand drive (driver sits in the left seat). In Britain, most cars are right hand drive, because they drive on the left. Yes, it's a bit confusing......

In the picture in that thread of the new piston and rod, the matching numbers on the side of the rod and cap will face the left side of the engine when you view the engine from the rear. The factory manual is very sketchy about this.....
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I'm still struggling to find any evidence as to whether it matters...
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The tangs on the rods/caps should be to the driver side (left side of vehicle when sitting behind any steer in wheel).

I checked the Haynes manual and they state what you've found already: just make sure the number/tangs are installed closest to each other. The reason being that the tangs lock them in either way so not going to notice a difference as long as the piston orientation is correct above it.
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The best way I could think of to get a definitive answer was to have a look at the internals that came out of the used block...


The side I was referring to as having 1,2,3,4 is actually blank (the numbers were put there by the machine shop I guess). This is the same side that the tangs are on. This faces the left side of the engine when looking at it from the rear (the side of the upper balance shaft)




The side often referred to as "the one with the numbers on it" faces the right side of the engine when looking at it from the rear (the side of the lower balance shaft).



And of course, the arrow on the piston points toward the front of the engine... this is exactly how I have my pistons and rods installed so I have accidentally installed them in the correct orientation

Now on to the rest of the build...

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In the picture in that thread of the new piston and rod, the matching numbers on the side of the rod and cap will face the left side of the engine when you view the engine from the rear. The factory manual is very sketchy about this.....
The numbers go on the right side of the engine when looking at it from rear.


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The tangs on the rods/caps should be to the driver side (left side of vehicle when sitting behind any steer in wheel).
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