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How do you time these motors?


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I have a new electronic ignition setup, so I pulled the distributor. Well I went to go time it and I cant see behind the motor and in front of the fire wall through, what I can only assume is, the timing hole.... How do you guys do this? and what do the marks look like for the degrees of time

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Yes, the hole in the bell housing is a difficult view of the flywheel. There is a small ball bearing pressed into the outer edge of the flywheel. On a couple of cars I've seen it is positioned at the bottom when the #1 plug is firing. You may have to rotate 180 deg. to find the timing mark. There aren't progressive marks .. just that one. Each car times a bit differently. The smogged california cars, remove the vacuum hose for the advance, leaving the vacuum hose for the retard on. Then at about 1800 rpm, set the timing ball at 0 deg. You may have to search your plug wires for finding the correct sync.

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I think I understand what your saying. Right now the advance isn't hooked up on my car because I'm running DCOE carbs and at stock distro filled with electronic ignition stuff. So I should time it at about 1800 for 0 degrees? The motor is pretty built, somewhere around 11 or 12:1 compression, big cam etc.

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