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Old 07-13-2008, 11:52 AM
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Throw your timing light to the earth. If the car starts without problems take it for a ride. If it drives OK and doesn't make the death rattle find yourself a big concrete light pole base and drive up to it. Throw an old tire or other item between your vehicle and the concrete. Start it up, put it in drive until your vehicle stops. Give it some goose. Does it hesitate, does it ping, or does it burn the tires? Adjust it until you only get the roast going on and the vehicle starts without issue. Tighten the distributor and test drive, pay attention to part throttle load at cruise and how the engine 'feels'. If at this point you feel you need to adjust , do so until it's right for you. Good enough, drive on down the road. No need for anyone to get their panties in a bunch. Done this a million times without fail when no timing instruments were available. Later checking never warranted change.
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