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Default 351 cleveland timing how do you time it up right?

recently got a 1971 302/351 cleveland engine mustang and its running rough just put a new edelbrock carb on it which is much better but the timing has been played around with and is not correct ,whats the right way of timing it up.have got a timeing light handy too.its stalls every time i put in gear too,any one know how to do it .need to buy a manual i think.
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Default did you ever get your car running right?

Did you ever get your car running right. I have a 1971 mach 1 w/351c 4v and the car dies when I put it in gear. Have tried everything i can think of. Any help would be appreciated.
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I have a set of 1971 351 Cleveland heads with intake. They have round chambers, not D shaped.. does that automatically make them cobra jet or is there other cleveland heads from that year with open chambers? if there is, how do i determine which ones they are? they are reworked, and if they are cobra jet heads how much are they worth with intake?
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To properly set the timing on a Cleveland it is roughly the same as any other small block from ford.
Disconnect the vacuum advance and plug it so it doesn't leak.
Start the engine and run it at 3000 rpm.
Set the timing to 36 - 38 degrees (use a timing light with a built-in advance)
Return the engine to idle an check the timing - that is the maximum timing you can safely set at idle unless you recurve the distributor.
Reconnect the vacuum advance.
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