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Old 05-01-2003, 01:31 AM
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1976 360 timing

i've got my engine apart for a rebuild and i'm wondering if there's any difference between the '76 360 timing gears that i have and any older ones. i've heard that, due to emissions, a different gear can add to performance. is this true? if so, what should i look for?
any info would be great
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Old 05-01-2003, 08:29 AM
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1976 360 timing

Hi,

What your are referring to is what I believe is called "timing the Cam". This involves a "Degree wheel". The Cam can be advanced or retarded. This setting depends on the Cam spec's.

That's about all I know about it as I have never performed the adjustment.
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Old 05-03-2003, 09:22 PM
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1976 360 timing

Put a pre-73 timing chain set in it, After 73 ford added i think it was 8 degrees of advance in the cam timing for emmisions and when you get rid of that it adds about 20HP. I did it on my 76 390 and noticed a big difference in power and how it ran, I also have a comp cam but I think you would notice a difference even in a stock application
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Old 05-04-2003, 05:47 PM
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1976 360 timing

how is the pre-73 timing kit different? would i be able to line the two sprockets up differently? what sprocket would i need new? or would i need both of them?
thanks for the info so far
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Old 05-06-2003, 11:07 AM
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1976 360 timing

anybody? what sprocket is changed? or are they both different on the older engines? is there any way i could just move one of them a few teeth either way to do the same thing as a different sprocket?
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Old 05-06-2003, 02:08 PM
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1976 360 timing

In the early '70's the cam timing was retarded (4° I think) for emissions reasons. The teeth on the sprocket are spaced farther apart than the change in timing so just moving the chain on the sprocket won't work. BTW, I think it was just the bottom gear that changed. If you get an aftermarket set that has the 3 keyways on the bottom gear, you'll be able to set it where you want.
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