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08-18-2012 12:18 AM
Originally Posted by poncho62 View Post
That is basically a piston stop......A simple one can be made with an old spark plug .........
I recently made one for my Gravely 1 cyl engine. It cost nothing but a little time and the rod is adjustable.
07-30-2012 09:10 PM
bentwings I have a cover on my motor. I drilled and tapped the snout hub (no balancer on blower motors) for a couple of 4-40 flat head screws from the hobby shop. The screws are located so the cover only goes on one way. I can remove it and replace it without losing location.
07-30-2012 08:14 AM
cobalt327 Sometimes guys get in trouble because the damper doesn't match the timing tab. Here is a short page describing the differences in the three types most commonly seen and how to go about remarking the damper if need be. Cost is zero, but it won't trick anyone into believing you have a Fluidampr...

It's worth mentioning that using a cover still doesn't guarantee the timing marks are accurate- even if the parts all match. Manufacturing difference and tolerance creep can still make the marks off, so the best bet is to go ahead and do the drill to determine true TDC. DV gave a link earlier for determining TDC, here it is again.

The bolt holes in the cover can be carefully elongated in order to index it correctly if you find it's off.
07-29-2012 10:03 PM
rickman2k I'm gonna get one of the cover's, it'll
be a gift from me to my motor !
there's 3 diff ones, I just gotta make sure I got the one marked for my motor plus they look really great like a Fluiddampner balancer
07-29-2012 06:31 PM
the purdy TDC cover

I'm gonna get one of the cover's, it's be a gift from me to my motor !
there's 3 diff ones, I just gotta make sure I got the one marked for my motor plus they look really great like a Fluiddampner balancer
06-18-2012 06:50 PM
Irelands child If you have a spark plug, it's even easier then drilling and tapping. Break out the plug insulator, find a dowel that's close in size - even a wood pencil will work. Run the piston up close to what you think is TDC (insurance so if you have an awww s@#t and lose your grip on it)put the dowell/pencil in and turn the engine via the crank bolt or whatever you use. A piece of masking tape marked/"gradulated" with a few lines will give you an idea of when TDC is reached.

Yes, that method does work and my big expenditure was a new $2 Wally World Autolite plug since I had tossed all my used ones. It sure ain't rocket science
06-17-2012 03:36 PM
bentwings I guess some us just have harder heads than others. Some have more money than common sense and some of us just like the do things the hard way. haha
06-16-2012 07:07 AM
75gmck25 I've seen several posts over the years that suggested making a piston stop from a spark plug and bolt, so I tried it one time. I finally gave up after realizing it was much more of a PIA to make the tool than it was to add it to my next Summit order and just buy it.

The piston stops cost $8-12 from Summit. If I made it myself I was going to spend at least an hour drilling and tapping the hole and I did not have a drill press or the tap and die set to do the job. I finally decided that for a savings of only $8 my time could be used better on other project work. YMMV

04-09-2012 03:39 PM
Originally Posted by Old Fool
why pay for an old spark plug and a bolt?
04-09-2012 03:36 PM
Old Fool why pay for an old spark plug and a bolt?
04-02-2012 07:54 PM
bentwings That's the tool.

I use a proform cover but I remounted the stock pointer so it indicates true TDC......using the tool shown.

Don't forget that when you remover the damper cover it may change the "real" tdc so you need to recheck it.
04-02-2012 11:43 AM
Brian Morency
04-02-2012 10:37 AM
Brian Morency Sears doesn't sell it either. Had to go to winners circle. Was $9.99, sears could order one but it was $34.99. Auto zone website says they have them for $19.99 but don't carry it.
04-02-2012 08:45 AM
Brian Morency Just tried autozone & advanced. Neither sold tool. Waiting at sears now to open.
04-02-2012 07:59 AM
Florence95 Or if there's an easy way to find a way to mark the balancer so I can set the timing. Its not off by much but I'd like it to be set right.
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