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How to set distributor timing

How do you loosen the distributor to advance the timing?

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  • Les Waggoner Jan 11, 2013

    Problem resolved. Loosen two bolts holding distributor and move left or right to set distributor timing.12 degrees +/- 2 degrees BTDC.



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