My motor has been completely rebuilt and I have a question regarding timing. I don't have a timing pointer on the front so I was thinking about using the flywheel through the the inspection port on the trans.Could someone give me the complete procedure including the best most accurate way to find TDC? By the way, we started the car last night and it was thrilling to hear it run for the 1st time since restoration began a year ago
Thanks
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The best way is with a dial indicator with the heads removed and the piston on the compression stroke. Lacking that, remove all sparkplugs, screw a modified sparkplug (with a 1" rod welded into the bottom of the plug so it hits the piston) into #1 cylinder hole, remove the front upholstery panel and steel cover to expose the front of the engine. Bolt a degree wheel to the crank. Remove the dist. cap & verify that you're approaching #1 plug wire, so you know you're on the compression stroke. Using a wrench on the big crank bolt very slowly turn the engine until the #1 piston touches the modified plug. Mark the degree wheel at that point. Then slowly turn the engine the other direction, until the #1 piston again hits the plug. Mark the second spot. TDC will be exactly half-way between the two spots you found on your degree wheel. I suggest you repeat this on #8 cylinder and use this point to mark "TDC" on the flywheel, since the #8 wire is right next to the bellhousing hole and one can therefore check the engine with a timing light more easily.
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