Timing issue

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Timing issue

#1 Post by dadnova » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:16 am

A buddy just bought a 350cu crate engine for his PU. It runs at 65 degrees BTDC at an idel.

Piston at TDC ( checked with a dial indicator ) the timing mark on the balancer reads 0. Timing mark at 2 o clock. I had this issue once before on another car and it was the distributoe fazing, took it apart and moved the bottom gear 180* and the problem was fixed. On his truck we fazed the distributor and nothing, installed a new ignition system and distributor and nothing.
It still reads 65* at idel.

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Re: Timing issue

#2 Post by K-Star Automotive » Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:22 am

What ignition is it. MSD, HEI, MSD HEI etc..Does it have a msd box on it??


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Re: Timing issue

#3 Post by 1quickchevy2 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:22 am

If thats a msd distributor check the the polarity on the pick up. I've seen them that far off before. You can force the plug-in backward for a quick check, and then swap the pins around if that corrects it.

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