Originally Posted by Timo2
Thanks, but I'm trying to figure out which way to turn the distributor. Whether I want to retard or advance the timing and in which direction to turn the distributor since the indicator is broken off........Thanks, Tim
There will be a few different opinions on this but from the sounds of it you will need to establish Top Dead Centre on compression stroke so that you can set the timing correctly.
You should do this first up, this will make timing checks a lot easier in the future. (PM me if you want to do this and ill give you a boring procedure to follow)
In short if you advance the timing engine idle speed will increase slightly and if you retard timing the idle speed will drop down.
I cant remember which way to turn the dizzy, its been a while.
The idle speed will tell you if you are advancing or retarding.
If the timing is to far advanced the engine may run on as you have described.
You really need to establish TDC first to do it properly.