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Old 06-19-2012, 11:27 PM
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Alright boys, down to the final steps!! My son and I have replaced the valve seals, lifters, pulled the intake, replaced water pump, fuel pump etc etc- Truck is a 74 f100 360, C6 and all original. Sticker says 3 degrees BTDC, is this the recommended timing or should it be higher? Thanks all.
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According to my Clymer manual, 69-72 FEs are timed at 6° BTDC and 73-75 FEs are to follow the timing indicated on the valve cover decal.

Congrats on your project getting ever so close...
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According to my Clymer manual, 69-72 FEs are timed at 6° BTDC and 73-75 FEs are to follow the timing indicated on the valve cover decal.

Congrats on your project getting ever so close...
Thanks, Right now it is around 8-10, seems to like it but I will take it down to 3 and see how she likes it. Only the interior, brakes, paint and a few other things left. Good thing we have another year or two :}
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Thanks, Right now it is around 8-10, seems to like it but I will take it down to 3 and see how she likes it.
The factory specs are geared more towards emissions than performance, FE's generally like 10-12 initial, so i'd leave it where you have it, or even bump it up slightly.

Just don't exceed 36-38 total or you risk detonation, do you know which advance slot your distributor is using? 10L 13L 15L etc?
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The factory specs are geared more towards emissions than performance, FE's generally like 10-12 initial, so i'd leave it where you have it, or even bump it up slightly.

Just don't exceed 36-38 total or you risk detonation, do you know which advance slot your distributor is using? 10L 13L 15L etc?
No, to be honest I am not sure what that means. It is all stock and I put the distributor back so it was in the same location. It does have the optional duraspark ignition.
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No, to be honest I am not sure what that means.
Those numbers are stamped on the advance slot (located under the distributors breaker plate), they tell you how much mechanical advance you have...

10L=20 degrees
13L=26 degrees
15L=30 degrees

Example: 10 degrees initial with the 13L advance slot (26 degrees mechanical) equals 36 degrees total.
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