I ran into a situation with a recently purchased 1992 F150 5.0 Liter that I haven't run into before with any vehicle. Perhaps you might share some wisdom in sorting out the problem.
I removed the stub bar and tried to time the engine with a light using cylinder number 1. When I checked the timing mark none was visible in the strobe. Confused by this I thought I must be loosing it so I tried hooking up to cylinder number 5 in the opposite bank and voila the timing mark appeared.
Now being as this is the first Ford vehicle I've owned am I missing something? Can't see the motor timing off cylinder number five.
Every manual I have says hook up to cyl 1. All the wiring is stock and the trauck is in showroom condition with 60000 miles. I am having a fuel consumption problem and that's why I'm checking the timing.
The next issue I had is the timing tab does not look like any tab I've seen before. It is a sort of cresent shaped tab with a hole at the bottom an approx 1/8 " notch in the middle and a pointer at the top with the word "Time " written on it. There is not a single degree reference mark or number on it. Sooooooooooo.... again to the manuals and no such timing tab is shown. So where does a person set the mark? Obviously not in the circle or perhaps the notch or the pointer for the 10 degree BTDC spec?
I am refering to cylinder number 5 a being in the right hand bank as you face the vehicle. According to the manual cylinder number 1 is on the left as you face the truck according to the manuals I have. Or were they printed backwards?