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Timing for 1969 400 big block?

What do i set the timing for on my 1969 pontiac 400 cin. big block?

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  • willmsbrt May 11, 2010

    clarify , is this fitted with electronic ignition or points i.e. standard coil ignition , if standard ignition , remove # 1 spark plug and roll over engine until piston is at top of stroke,replace plug,remove distibutor cap and check gap,clearance on points,should be quite small but open not closed,verify you have spark,DO NOT HOLD SPARK PLUG WIRE,to plug,if you do not have spark you can test coil using a temporary jumper wir to coil from battery directly to coil but remember you cannot stop the engine with key switch during this test,you have to remove the wire to shutdown


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Put a timing light on the number one wire and start the engine. The timing should be set for 6° before top dead center. Turn the distributor to accomplish this.

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