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timing chain on a ford 352

This Chad from martinsville i'm trying to find out how to line the marks on my timing chain do i do it like a chevy or what need help

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This Chad from martinsville i'm trying to find out how to line the marks on my timing chain do i do it like a chevy or what need help
bring #1 up to TDC and put the marks dot to dot.



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timing chain

Put a big lift cam in my 352, that was guaranteed to be a ground pounder. It runs smoooth no hit. Was just wondering if I did it wrong?
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points and timing

What should the points be gaped on? Also, what should the timing be set on? Thanks for the help guys!
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Your truck look like about a 1965, or so?
Point gap, .017. Start with the timing at about 8-10 degrees BTDC, Vacuum line disconnected from the distributer, and plugged.
Drive the truck, and listen carefully for knock, or ping. If it knocks, retard it. If it does not knock, advance about 2 degrees, and test drive again. Repeat as necessary. When it knocks, retard it.

The FE engine was developed before pollution controls, and was used into the time where they added changes to help with pollution. One of the things they did was change the cam timing to the crankshaft. I believe they retarded the camshaft.
If you have an aftermarket camshaft in the engine, you may gain a bit of performance by making sure the camshaft is timed to where the camshaft manufacturer wants it. This requirements a degree wheel on the front of the engine, and a dial indicator on the number one cylinder valves.
Another "gotcha" with the FE engine is the camshaft sprocket and camshaft end play. Some sprockets have a step on them to control end play, others require a spacer to set the end play. A stepped sprocket with a spacer gives you about 1/4 inch of camshaft end play, the camshaft lobes do not hit the lifters, and the camshaft fails in a short period of time.

You need to run an oil with enough ZDDP in it to lubricate the camshaft to lifter contact. Modern oils designed for modern engines with roller lifter camshafts do not have enough of this ingredient. One oil that does have it is Valvoline VR-1 Racing oil.
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timing

Thanks Danial
for your help i am learning all kinds of stuff on fords now that i have joyed this site. I know right much about a chevy. Fords are new to me
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don't mis up the bolts

If you use wrong bolts on the front of the engine a long one will press against the Cyl wall, cause a hot spot, damage rings,
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