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Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Binghamton, NY
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Re: setting timing without timing light
You can't set timing with the vehicle in park or neutral, using the method I described. The dist advances and retards just as you say it does. The motor must be under load. If the vehicle is in gear with the vacuum advance disconnected, you can see the dist turn. Like I said it advances itself. This works even if the advance weights are stuck.
The only vehicle I have tried to time via this method that was unsuccessful, was a 53 Packard Clipper with a straight 8. And that was only because the dist was completely rusted to the block and wouldn't turn. (Sat behind a barn w/o a hood for 30+ years.)
Back your timitng off and try it.
You sir have fell and bumped your head. There is no way that you can change the base timing without rotating the distributor. Not to mention your method is reckless at best.
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