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Old 09-19-2010, 02:27 PM
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simple timing question

I have an older strobe timing light. There are no settings on it or anything. How do I find my total advance when my tab only goes to I believe 16? I have the one mark on my balancer and that is it.

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Get another light thats what i would do.JMO


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Make or buy a timing tape. It's marked in degrees and must be the correct one for the circumference of your balancer.

How to make one

http://www.crankshaftcoalition.com/w..._a_timing_tape
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I bought the timing tape for a reference and made a mark with chalk where the 36 degree mark is. I dont understand though how to use that..or the actual timing tape..to find the total timing because the timing light only strobes for the 0 degree mark on the balancer.
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Get your balancer to the zero mark. The mark the balancer at 16* ATDC with a new mark. Now use the new mark to set timing. If you set the new mark at 8* BTDC it will now be 8* + 16* for 24* total. Just ignore the original mark at that point. Timing tape would be best, but above method works and is quick.

On the tape, it should be marked backwards so you can use the zero point on the tab as the new pointer instead of the mark on the balancer.
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OK, you have 1 mark on your balancer. That (in a perfect world) is top dead centre when set at the 0 mark on the tab. Use the timing tape to mark 36 degrees BTDC (or put the tape on) on the balancer. Ignore the tab with the degree marks except the 0 mark. With the engine idling, the vacuum advance disconnected and plugged, the light should show about 1/3 of the way to the 36 deg. mark you made (12 degrees) on the balancer, or whatever the initial timing is set at. Rev the motor and it should go up to the total mechanical timing. You are only lining up the mark on the balancer with the O mark on the timing tab.
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