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Timing is apparntly too advanced no matter how the distributor is set yet runs rougher when turned back.

-Everything was lined up properly on the timing belt with the cooresponding marks.
-Yet the timing shows at least from 60-90 advanced or more with the timing light.
-The T-belt was positioned to align with the marks for the cams and crank and the rotor on the distributor was pointing to the #1 position on the distributor(the up vertical position.
-The engine pings at higher rpms no matter how the distributor is turned all the way foward or back with a high advaned timing.
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The timing belt may not be installed properly, the tensioner may be bad, or, you may have forgotton to remove the pin that you should have inserted into the tensioner after squeezing it in a vice or press.

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