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Harrys'65
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posted 08-12-2001 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harrys'65   Click Here to Email Harrys'65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since owning my car 3 years now, I have never set the timing.....never had to. But I decided to change my points, plugs and set the timing today and see what was what. I will start by saying the car is running great, probably better than it ever has...no problems.
That being said, there are no timing marks on my pulley. After cleaning it up a little and looking....nothing. There is a black circle drawn on with a Sharpie and a white chalk line but that is it. When I hook up the light, the white chalk mark is about 1/2" abover the marker and the circle is 1" below. Any advice on how to set some marks or what my plan of attack should be?
Also, when I remove my vacuum hose from the distributor, do I need to plug it?

Thanks

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Harrys'65
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posted 08-12-2001 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harrys'65   Click Here to Email Harrys'65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ooops, forgot to mention, it is a 289 with 4bbl carb and vacuum advance on the distributor.
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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-12-2001 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First, yes you need to plug the vacuum line to avoid a vacuum leak.

What does your engine have for a pointer; is it graduated?

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Harrys'65
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posted 08-12-2001 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harrys'65   Click Here to Email Harrys'65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve,
The pointer is not graduated, it is just a single point pointer. Based on the manual, it shows the graduation on the pulley, but there is none on mine.

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Harry

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-12-2001 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It should have markings. Maybe they are just hard to read. Try this:

Remove your #1 spark plug. {first one on passenger side.}

Hold your thumb over the hole and turn the engine over by crossing the solenoid with a screwdriver. When the compression blows your thumb off the hole, stop and clean the balancer off at the pointer.

The older small block balancers were engraved very faintly, and I bet your balancer just has a heavy coat of paint over them.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 M code 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 open
'72 Mustang Sprint Coupe 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Lok
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip
'97 Probe GTS 2.5L DOHC
Ford. The closer you look, the better WE look!

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Harrys'65
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posted 08-12-2001 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harrys'65   Click Here to Email Harrys'65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Steve, I will give it a shot. I was working on it in the Garage which is dim and yes the balancer is painted. I will pull it in the sun and give it a shot and let you know what I come up with.
I am planning on setting it at 8 BTDC, that is what the manual recommends. If that doesn't sound right, please let me know.

Thanks again,
Harry
BTW, the points and plugs went in quick....

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-12-2001 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
8-10 will be a good place to start. Then you can bump it up a little if it will let you.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 M code 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 open
'72 Mustang Sprint Coupe 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Lok
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip
'97 Probe GTS 2.5L DOHC
Ford. The closer you look, the better WE look!

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