Oh my goodness... this started out as your standard run-of-the-mill basic timing troubleshooting... then UGH... all of this "old timers" versus "noobs" nonsense.
There always have been and always will be cranky people on this forum. That won't change.
And there will always be a search feature, a knowledge base, etc, but that doesn't mean people will use it wisely.
It's not about how old you are, or how much you know, it's about a passion for cars, engines, etc. etc.
Chill out everybody.
That's all, end of my rant.
On another note, good luck with your timing issue! get yourself a TDC checker tool (vented) and a cam degreeing wheel. Mark your balancer properly (mark the inner and outer rings so that you can check for slippage down the road). Time the engine for 36-38 degrees full advance, and go drive it. After you're done at the exhaust shop, then follow up and re-check the timing.
the blonde weasel