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
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?