Originally Posted by PontiacFighter
Ok thank you. I'm not discounting your advice, I greatly appreciate it but I have someone who has been working on Pontiacs for a long time and he told me to set the mark at 0 on the balancer. Why would he tell me to do that if it was wrong? And if I crank it with the 12 degree setting will I have to change it to keep it running?
If you were able to get it to start when set at zero degrees, then fine- but if I understood the posts you've made, the engine did not want to run at zero timing.
Do this- ask your guy how much timing to start the engine with, and how much timing to run it at while it breaks in. I think there may be a disconnect between his instructions to you and your understanding of those instructions.