GM numbers the cylinders from the front to the back. So if you look at the back of the engine-- the driver's side head is further back, and closer to the firewall. The passenger side head is further forward. so that starts the numbers-- as #1.
The other V8s from General are different, and #1 on those, is the front on the driver's side.
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