You have to know how much timing is built in to the distributor in order to decide where to set the initial timing. The easiest way is to have a shop find out what the timing curve is inthe distributor and then set the initial timing to provide for an overall maximum advance of 34 degrees before top dead center.
The cheap way is to disconnect the vacuum advance hose and plug it and then set the timing at 34 degrees with the engine running at 3500 rpm. Check it at idle and that is where it should be set at an idle. Be sure to reconnect your vacuum advance after setting it up.
rebuilt, rewired, modified for slalom and hill climb
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