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Old 02-08-2010, 05:35 AM
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Originally Posted by UPandComing
k but how do you set the timing on a distributor that has no vacume advance and has magnetic pickup?
The hard starting could very well be caused by excessive initial timing.

If you don't have either a dial back timing light or a degreed damper, MAKE A TIMING TAPE.

If you want to be sure the pointer and damper mark is correct for TDC, DETERMINE TDC.

The initial timing- that is the timing at idle, w/o centrifugal or vacuum advance added in- can be anywhere in the 8 to 14 degrees BTDC range. This is a rough estimate- the actual timing will vary from engine to engine depending on a multitude of factors.

TOTAL timing (centrifugal plus initial timing) should be in the area of 36 degrees BTDC, all in before 3000 RPM.

Why are you not using a vacuum advance?
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