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Timing Cover Question Ford V-6

I am confused on my timing cover on my 84 2.8 v-6. There is a definite pointer.... and a circle shaped piece on the cover. I couldnt find any information in my manual on this cover to know for sure which tab does what function.
Distributor rotation is clockwise. I had to rotate my distributor counterclockwise to get it to running any better. However I ran out of room so to speak with the distributor hitting the valve cover. So I guess I need to reset my teeth location in the hole at TDC. So I should reset (back counter clock wise?? a tooth?) or forward ahead a tooth?
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The pointer is for timing with a strobe style light, and the ring or tube looking piece is for a magnetic timing probe. You will need to find the TDC mark on the balancer, as there will be two timing marks on it. One will be the standard line or groove, and the other will be a large "notch", 1/8"-1/4" or so. That one is for the magnetic timing probe. Not likely you will find anyone with one of those, unless they have an older Bear analyzer or a SunScope, old Allan SmartScope, ect.

As for the dizzy, when you rotate counter-clockwise on a dizzy with a clockwise rotation, you are advancing the timing. So if you run out of room, you need to turn the dizzy foreward (clockwise) one tooth to advance the rotor position.
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Thanks for the information . Thought forwards would be the way to go... but too many darn hours into fixing this truck and the brain's gettin a bit mushy.
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