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How 2 install auto advance distribitor an set timing on 65 harley panhead

1959 panhead changed manual advance distribitor with auto advance distribitor when go 2 time it put line on fly wheel in middel of hole bike will not start have 2 advance timing plate at least quater of turn 2 get it started is that 2 far advanced

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