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I have question about my 352,I just put the motor together and has only 20 miles on it. I checked the timing and it was 40 degree initial which I ajusted it down to 12 degree. The sparkplugs are very white and was driving it yesterday and it started popping out of one exhaust pipe. What would make that happen?. I put it a TDC and check the lifter preload and was fine but the rotor was pointing in between number 1 and 5 on the dist. cap. Does that mean it is one tooth off on timing?

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If you lined up the dots when you put your timing chain on then you should be OK for timing. check your fireing order, make sure you have the right wires on the right plugs. You can rotate the distributor to almost any position as long as you have the correct fireing order and the rotor faces somewhat close to # 1. Did you use a new harmonic balancer?? Sometimes the older ones slip and turn on the rubber giving you a false reading.
Popping can also be a valve not funtioning correctly, or even a bad power valve in the carberator. Did you make sure all the pushrods are securely in place??
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Well I found out that my new timing pointer I installed is giving me the wronge reading. At TDC on the chain the pointer says 10 degrees above TDC so I'll mark that as TDC and go from there. Also I was wondering about the cam spacer/washer that was in the older FE's and a guy told me you don't use them anymore because they are built on the newer timing gears or cam spocket. Is that true???. I was wondering because with the washer/spacer installed the cam sets to far back in the motor. Write back Please....Thanks so much...Jeff
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Well I found out that my new timing pointer I installed is giving me the wronge reading. At TDC on the chain the pointer says 10 degrees above TDC so I'll mark that as TDC and go from there. Also I was wondering about the cam spacer/washer that was in the older FE's and a guy told me you don't use them anymore because they are built on the newer timing gears or cam spocket. Is that true???. I was wondering because with the washer/spacer installed the cam sets to far back in the motor. Write back Please....Thanks so much...Jeff
I did a timing set on a 390. Since the spacer was cast into the new cam sprocket I did not re-use the spacer from the original nylon sprocket.

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