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Old 01-28-2011, 09:09 AM   #1
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Can someone give me a quick lesson on timing my '29. Thanks!
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:16 AM   #2
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See if this helps.

http://www.abarnyard.com/workshop/timing.htm
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:35 AM   #3
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This is the BEST timing check for the 1929 model year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qudpRXZE3Yo
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:41 AM   #4
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Love that u-tube.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:47 AM   #5
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Hoarsewhisperer, Great tip. Now if I can find my Billy Bob teeth and some "bob ware".
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:54 AM   #6
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ok , another question please . i have a '31 4 banger . just back from a rear main fix .
timed it 40 times (or so) , checked all marks , etc . wont start & if & when it does it only runs poorly for a few seconds & die's . if , when it is trying to run , if i touch the throttle it die's . i am at a loss as to what im doing wrong . any help appreciated ... steve
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:37 AM   #7
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Spark and fuel, all you need. Marco's site has excellent timing procedure, ck for fuel at carb, also unscrew the gas cap. Others will chime in I'm sure.
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:50 AM   #8
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Try a different carb, another condensor...

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Old 01-28-2011, 01:33 PM   #9
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im putting new points/condenser in this morning . i was told to do a compression test to see if the cam is in time . thanks for your ideas . anymore are appreciated . thank you .. steve
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:34 PM   #10
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Here is a good one from Les Andrews, very detailed, in fact almost a little too detailed. You get the whole picture in regard to timing. There is also part 2 so if you see the first one you should be able to find second one quite easily.

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Old 01-28-2011, 01:42 PM   #11
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steve norcal: Let's back up. Before the rear main fix, was this engine running? What else was done when apart? Also ck for vac leak at manifolds if they were off. Give us a little more to work with, please.
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Old 01-28-2011, 04:10 PM   #12
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ok , it is my only car & my DAILY driver . always runs good as i do weekly maintainance . love the lil 4 banger . the rear main seal was all that was done . had to loosen the crank to change the top half . this is a chevy rear main seal . cant get it to run , so cant check alot .
this morning i did a compression test , all was fine . but maybe found my battery is getting weak . going to get it tested . will let you all know . i can still use ideas if the battery is not the problem .
it is kinda funny that it would sorta run , but not really . more fun with the awesome "A" !! ............. thanks all . need more info , please ask .......... steve
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:21 AM   #13
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going to get my battery back this morning . hope that fixes my lil problem ..... steve
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:46 AM   #14
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ok , another question please . i have a '31 4 banger . just back from a rear main fix .
timed it 40 times (or so) , checked all marks , etc . wont start & if & when it does it only runs poorly for a few seconds & die's . if , when it is trying to run , if i touch the throttle it die's . i am at a loss as to what im doing wrong . any help appreciated ... steve
It sure sounds like a fuel problem. After you attempt to start it using the choke and it doesn't fire, does it dump a bunch of gas out the mouth of the carb? If there is no spillage then it's s fuel problem. If there is gas on the floor then it's NOT a fuel problem.
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:40 PM   #15
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thank you marco . i had that thought also , but the float bowl is always full when i check it . i do have a fuel pump on board . this i will check today as i have help ..... thank you .... steve
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:42 PM   #16
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bagpiper , im sorry if i hijacked your thread . it was not intentional . did you get your 29 fixed ?? ........................ steve
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:07 PM   #17
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marco , i am running a 97 downdraft . no fuel on the floor . also my battery was not the problem , so taking the fuel system apart today . thank you .. steve
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fuel system good . timing dead on , no start again . will run crappy for a few seconds then dies ......... need a few more ideas on what im doing wrong please ........ steve

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Old 01-30-2011, 04:25 PM   #19
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ok , big question : IF , when he changed the mains , had the crank loose , if he missed timing by 1 tooth would this be a possibility ?? can it be made up in the distributor cam ? ........ thanks again ........... steve
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ok , big question : IF , when he changed the mains , had the crank loose , if he missed timing by 1 tooth would this be a possibility ?? can it be made up in the distributor cam ? ........ thanks again ........... steve
Spark timing could be made up, but not the cam timing, so it still wouldn't work right.

With a dial indicator you can find piston TDC, then see if the cam dimple is in the correct spot by the timing pin dropping in at piston TDC.
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