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Timing i can't find spout connector to set timing

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Posted on Apr 03, 2009


The spout connector is problebly dangaling somewhere below the distributor and above water pump

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SOURCE: 1987 Ford F-150 stuck at base timing. SPOUT connector inoperative

In one case I have seen the spout plug was bad.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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Here is a site to look at, has pictures that may help, also other wriitten directions that tell of other possible locations to find it...

Posted on Sep 16, 2011

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