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Timing Pointer Differences?

I am building a FE 390 from assorted parts. My timing cover is from an early FE casting number COAE-6059D. The timing pointer is mounted with two small screws threaded into the cover. The pointer I am using is the common straight style that came on all regular 390 passenger cars. My problem is that I want to use a 7.25" diameter HiPo balancer on this motor. By measuring from the center of the crank hole to the pointer, it looks like a 7" balancer will hit the pointer. What do I need? Thanks for the help!!


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Re: Timing Pointer Differences?

First you can ask the people that you bought the balancer from if they have a pionter replacement.

A 428 CJ uses a big balancer, you might try that route, using a 428 pointer, you might have to remark the timing marks on the balancer if it's off from the 390.

The only other way that I know of is to bend the pointer to fit the new balancer
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Re: Timing Pointer Differences?

I bought a 7.5" Pioneer SFI balancer and it comes with a new timing pointer in the box. It will fit and clear the early aluminum covers that use the small screw pointers. The new pointer is a universal design and will bolt up to both early (C3) and later (C8 and up) covers. I'm using a C3AE-6059-A aluminum cover on my 427 and there's no issues. Your C0AE-6059-D is one of the early stamped steel covers correct? If so I would think it'll fit fine. Just be sure the new balancer you buy includes a new pointer. Some of the ebay guys were removing them from the box and selling them seperate.
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Re: Timing Pointer Differences?

Where did you buy your Pioneer SFI balancer? Thanks!

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Re: Timing Pointer Differences?

I bought mine off ebay from Racers Outlet. Back in 07 it was $140. Guy I know bought one from Summit last year. It was a newer upgraded version also SFI and about the same money. His is a little lighter too which is nice.
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Re: Timing Pointer Differences?

Got a new Power Force HiPo balancer today. It's the same diameter as a 427 balancer. Nice part and it comes with an offset pointer that works on both early and late style timing covers.

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