Originally posted by cboy
If the car starts, you can also time it by using a vacuum gauge off a vacant port on the manifold. Adjust the distributor until you have the maximum vacuum and then retard it a degree or two.
That is not a very good method.
The best way is to get an advance analyzing timing light and do it right. The time and money for a teardown to change a blown head gasket etc. will warrant the cost of the timing light.