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Where is the TDC notch on the crankshaft pulley?

I'm trying to time my engine after a rebuild and the TDC paint has worn off of the pulley. On pictures of the a new pulley, the TDC is the far left, which indicates that 15 BTDC is 3 notches to the right. However, the engine really seems to like running at about 6 notches to the right (30 BTDC). Is the TDC notch on the original pulleys on the far left, or are they more in the middle?

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If you have a series of notches on the pulley then the middle notch of them all is TDC. Point of fact is that the notches represent BTDC ( before TDC ---advanced) and AFTDC ( after TDC-- late firing past TDC). If the engine is starting and running ok then it is not at 30 degrees BTDC or it would not start easily.Each notch probably represents 5 degrees

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