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Unread 03-04-2010   #1 (permalink)
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The timing on my car is off and i haven't timed a car in a while so how can i do it. I know u put the one cable on the number 1 spark plug wire but i cant remember which 1. And cant remember how to read it. It is a 70's motor. Can u guys help? Thanks
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This isn't really the optimal place to get answers to this question in the forum. The mods will probably move it, but I did a search on google and came up with multiple results that will help you out, so I suggest trying that too.
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The timing on my car is off and i haven't timed a car in a while so how can i do it. I know u put the one cable on the number 1 spark plug wire but i cant remember which 1. And cant remember how to read it. It is a 70's motor. Can u guys help? Thanks
I'm guessing it's carbureted... So checking the timing should be pretty simple.
Get a 1/2" wrench and loosen the distributor hold down bolt. Just loosen it enough so you can turn the dizzy. Take the timing light and hook it on to cylinder #1, which is the first plug on the passenger side.

Get underneathe the car and take a piece of chalk or white marker and mark where you want to set your timing. Start the car and aim the light. I believe clockwise is advance and counter-clockwise is retard (I might be backwards on that). That's pretty much all there is to it.

Since you have a carb'd engine, you could just set it by ear. Just advance it until you start to hear some ping, and then back it off a tad. Take it for a test drive and give it a couple WOT's and make sure it's not pinging and you're good.
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