A little too late I realized the timing pointer bracket had been missed being bolted onto the front of the car when the engine was assembled. The timing pointer carrier was missed because it was a bit unusual ( I expected it to look a bit different than it does.) and it looked pretty worn out - close to scrap. Now the front of the engine is installed and fully assembled. Looking at the bracket I will have to strip down the front of the engine to install it including the alternator and AC support bracket otherwise there will not be enough room to get it in behind the harmonic balancer pulley because of its length.
The more conventional and simple two bolt pointer would likely bolt straight on.
Before I embark on the next stage of this never ending quest I thought I should ask some questions.
The questions are - Who on the forum uses the front pointer ? Does anyone use the rear flywheel access port for timing purposes ? ( I have TDC punch marked onto the flywheel and bell housing ) . Is there a recommended either external or internal marker strip add on to the flywheel that is helpful in showing the timing status? What about the front timing marks . Recommended aftermarket pointer or indicator strip ?
Any experiences smart ideas or comments from the brains trust would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks .