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jkilroy
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posted 11-11-2000 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkilroy   Click Here to Email jkilroy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok guys, its time for a new timing light, lost the last one in the last move. What or which one should I buy?

Next question, what should I shoot for initial and total timing on a 390. 9.5 to 1 with Edelbrock heads.

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Moneymaker
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posted 11-11-2000 11:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jay, I have owned at least 10 timing lights throughout the years. The fancier and more expensive with advance dials and lazer light's, the more prone to failure. I have a red plastic non advance adjustment Sun-Pro pistol grip that I purchsed from Pep Boys two years ago and it works flawlessly. It was about $40 as I remember. I never buy tools from the tool trucks anymore after I found out just how high their profit margins were. I miss my 25 year old chrome Sun Super timing light, but alas, they do not service the bulbs anymore so it was sent to timing light heaven. FE engines traditionally love a lot of timing. With good gas I would start at 38 to 40 degrees right off the bat. Alex

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jkilroy
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posted 11-12-2000 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkilroy   Click Here to Email jkilroy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree, I was thinking about getting a Craftsman brand light because of the warranty and it looks an awful a lot like my old Sun unit. Thanks for the tip on the timing, I only run 92+ in the car as far as gas goes.

I will get a light tomorrow and check the timing, I am pretty sure it has creeped back but without a light I didn't want to screw with it.

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Jay Kilroy
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Bob429
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posted 11-12-2000 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob429   Click Here to Email Bob429     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had the same craftsman light for 17 years. Always worked. Very good product.
Just my 2 cents.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-12-2000 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a Craftsman light. It works ok. The plug-in at the base of the handle is junk, though.

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cpmaverick
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posted 11-12-2000 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a Craftsman advance unit. I really like the advance feature, though you do pay for it.

I also like the plug-in feature, though like Steve said the plug is kind of a crappy design. Its nice though because you can hook up the wiring while keeping your light in a safe place until you need it.

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I65Stang
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posted 11-12-2000 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang   Click Here to Email I65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I use my dads 20+ year old chrome Montgomery Wards (yes, thats right :>) timing light. Nothing fancy but it does the job and has done so for a long time and no cheap plastic there, just good ol' chromed metal :>).

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-12-2000 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found out a little while ago my Craftsman dwell/tach was D.O.A. I didn't get a lot of life out of that one.

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