timing

Automotive powered airboat discussion.
Post Reply
Canes350
Southern Airboat Member
Posts: 37
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:43 pm
Location: Palm Bay

timing

Post by Canes350 » Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:47 pm

well i was on last week with starter problems now that i got that all figured out we cant get the timing set right it seems. It is a chevy 350 cam is advanced 4 degrees its bored 30 over nothing special. we have checked the timing ten to fifteen time take number one plug out put it a top dead center make sure the balancer lines up and put the cap facing number one cylinder. and then try to fire it and it sounds like it wants to fire but there is just something holding it back. i mean it is so close to firing but just wont move the distributer advance retard advance retard just wont fire. spark looks good timing we think is on. what could be holding it back? :x :evil:
It might not be pretty, but it's paid for

User avatar
JUNIOR480
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 927
Joined: Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:03 pm
Location: the getto...

Re: timing

Post by JUNIOR480 » Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:07 pm

did u put new lifters in it if so make sure they are pumped up
HAULIN A$$ SINCE 78......

User avatar
MYDIXIEWRECKED
Site Supporter - IV
Site Supporter - IV
Posts: 3634
Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:48 am
Location: Plantation,fl Area 3A south camp 9 1/2

Re: timing

Post by MYDIXIEWRECKED » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:23 am

I just put my distributor in my big block last week and static timed it before I ever turned it over. It fired right up. To static time, you need to get the engine lined up on the timing mark where you want it to fire(just before top dead center). then you pull the #1 plug, loosen the distributor, (hold the plug against the head or something metal on the engine) and turn the distributor back and fourth and you should see the plug fire. Then you know that the plug is firing at least very close to where you want it to. It should fire up there and the you can dial it in with the timing light.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
"People sleep peaceably in their beds only because rough men stand ready to do violence ON THEIR BEHALF"

Lifetime member NRA
Owner camp 9 1/2 in beautiful 3A south, Everglades

User avatar
airduds
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 695
Joined: Sat Feb 03, 2007 1:14 pm
Location: Homosassa-Ft Pierce

Re: timing

Post by airduds » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:26 am

Before digging deeper leave your distributor loose and turn it back and forth by hand while someone tries to start it.
Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. Weak men create hard times.

User avatar
grant
Site Supporter - VII
Site Supporter - VII
Posts: 3425
Joined: Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:03 pm
Location: Felda, Florida
Contact:

Re: timing

Post by grant » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:30 am

make sure you are putting #1 cyl tdc on compression stroke!
"Don't Taze me Bro"

Joe
Site Supporter - IV
Site Supporter - IV
Posts: 2657
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:26 pm
Location: valkaria

Re: timing

Post by Joe » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:44 am

I live in palm bay and would be happy to come by and put a fresh pair of eyes on the situation if you want. could be something simple your missing.
Compromise is for those that cant get it done!!

Equal rights for Southern Whites!

Canes350
Southern Airboat Member
Posts: 37
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:43 pm
Location: Palm Bay

Re: timing

Post by Canes350 » Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:22 pm

MYDIXIEWRECKED wrote:turn the distributor back and fourth and you should see the plug fire. Then you know that the plug is firing at least very close to where you want it to
Do you mean turn the distributer by hand or turn the motor over by starter? i have taken number one out and turned the motor over with my finger on it and it looks on by when my finger blow off.

joe,
that would be nice if you could stop by a give another opinion
It might not be pretty, but it's paid for

User avatar
MYDIXIEWRECKED
Site Supporter - IV
Site Supporter - IV
Posts: 3634
Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:48 am
Location: Plantation,fl Area 3A south camp 9 1/2

Re: timing

Post by MYDIXIEWRECKED » Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:33 pm

You turn the distributor by hand with the ignition on and the plug will fire when the rotor passes the terminal in the cap. then you know you are close.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
"People sleep peaceably in their beds only because rough men stand ready to do violence ON THEIR BEHALF"

Lifetime member NRA
Owner camp 9 1/2 in beautiful 3A south, Everglades

User avatar
airduds
Site Supporter - II
Site Supporter - II
Posts: 695
Joined: Sat Feb 03, 2007 1:14 pm
Location: Homosassa-Ft Pierce

Re: timing

Post by airduds » Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:36 pm

Turn the distributor back and forth with everything hooked up and see if you can get it to crank up and run.
Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. Weak men create hard times.

Canes350
Southern Airboat Member
Posts: 37
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:43 pm
Location: Palm Bay

Re: timing

Post by Canes350 » Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:58 pm

BIG THANKS TO JOE FOR STOPPING BY AND GETTING THE BEAST TIMED RIGHT :D :D :D :D
I think i had tried to time it one to many times and it was really starting to frustrate the hell out of me. but what i thought was 2 teeth off on the distributer :lol: :lol:


once again a big thanks to Joe
and everyone else that had a suggestion
It might not be pretty, but it's paid for

Joe
Site Supporter - IV
Site Supporter - IV
Posts: 2657
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:26 pm
Location: valkaria

Re: timing

Post by Joe » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:36 pm

Glad I could help. If ya want,this weekend give me a call and we`ll get the valves set so you can try that wisper tip!
Compromise is for those that cant get it done!!

Equal rights for Southern Whites!

Post Reply

Return to “Automotive Power Only”