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Old 04-15-2005, 21:01   #1 (permalink)
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Flathead timing

My 51 F-1 has a 51 Merc flathead in it. I rebuilt it and am having
trouble timing it. I know the procedure but end up having to rotate
the distributor as far as it will go to get it in time(almost). If I
pull out the distributor and move it one tooth the timing ends up with
the distributor turned all the way the other direction. Either way, it
runs like it is retarded.
Question: Could I have the distributor gear on wrong or maybe have the
wrong gear? I built the engine out of parts from three engines...all
1950-53 engines.
When I drove flatheads in my younger days the distributor always ended
up about midway in itís adjustment travel.

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 04-16-2005, 06:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Flathead timing

Try rotating plug wires one position.

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"flatheadron" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
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> My 51 F-1 has a 51 Merc flathead in it. I rebuilt it and am having
> trouble timing it. I know the procedure but end up having to rotate
> the distributor as far as it will go to get it in time(almost). If I
> pull out the distributor and move it one tooth the timing ends up with
> the distributor turned all the way the other direction. Either way, it
> runs like it is retarded.
> Question: Could I have the distributor gear on wrong or maybe have the
> wrong gear? I built the engine out of parts from three engines...all
> 1950-53 engines.
> When I drove flatheads in my younger days the distributor always ended
> up about midway in it's adjustment travel.
>
> Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.
>
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Old 04-17-2005, 18:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Flathead timing


"flatheadron" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
news:1_528149_4f318aff8fe9bac1b33164fa59ce0d57@autoforumz.com...
> My 51 F-1 has a 51 Merc flathead in it. I rebuilt it and am having
> trouble timing it. I know the procedure but end up having to rotate
> the distributor as far as it will go to get it in time(almost). If I
> pull out the distributor and move it one tooth the timing ends up with
> the distributor turned all the way the other direction. Either way, it
> runs like it is retarded.
> Question: Could I have the distributor gear on wrong or maybe have the
> wrong gear? I built the engine out of parts from three engines...all
> 1950-53 engines.
> When I drove flatheads in my younger days the distributor always ended
> up about midway in it's adjustment travel.
>
> Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.


Are you sure you have the cam timed properly? If it seems to run like it is
retarded
regardless of which way you install the distributor, it sounds like
something else is to blame.

Whitelightning


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