Thanks, yea I sure do have a passion...
As I mentioned in my story, I really like to help others fix and understand
their cars so as to enjoy the hobby.
78ta has so darn many sharp wrenches, I hardly get to help as much here - until
it's a 301 issue of course.
In a recent post to help a couple of folks, and in my own style, I suggested a free
tool that makes a static timing setup a bit easier on a rebuilt or unkown timed
engine. Here's my custom made tool, free by just cutting up an old distributor cap.
Ok, I often need to set approx static timing on engines
that could have been anywhere in timing, so I made a free
tool out of an old (and initially disliked) pink/red distributor
In order to be really helpful, I made some special marks -
including some approx timing marks.
Since there is 45 degrees between any two Spark towers,
(360/8) it was a simple matter to split it again to get
22.5, 11.25 and 5.65 degrees. The next pic is to only
illustrate the procedure as I used a better tool when I set
this thing up, but it's still kinda a real close guess
with the parts - but it works.
Fitting my tool on a distributor that's now in an engine
letts me see where I am, cause the top is off.
Here's 0 degrees BTDC
and about 11 degrees BTDC
Here's an important tab, as it interlocks the cap, it also makes
for somewhat of a guide.
This is meant to help guide the timing process, and is well
worth the time to cut up an old distributor cap.