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Old 03-15-2014, 02:52 PM   #1
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Setting Timing without Timing Light

I have just replaced the condenser and points on my 68 coupe and need to set the timing and have heard I can set it without using a timing light. Is this recommended and if so how do I do this? Thanks!
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Not recommended but possible you just turn the dis. Till it sounds good but no way to really get it set right
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I have just replaced the condenser and points on my 68 coupe and need to set the timing and have heard I can set it without using a timing light. Is this recommended and if so how do I do this? Thanks!
That is how come I bought my 68 coupe so cheap. The person that owned it before me had a friend that could time it by ear. After the 5th time it would not start and left him stranded I bought it from him. I told him I could fix it for him and he said no he was done with it. I bought it off him right there took out my timing light timed it and away I went. Next day I offered to trade it back to him and he said nope I can have it. That was 30 some years ago and it is still sitting in my driveway today.

Moral of the story no you can not get a good timing with out a light.
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That is how come I bought my 68 coupe so cheap. The person that owned it before me had a friend that could time it by ear. After the 5th time it would not start and left him stranded I bought it from him. I told him I could fix it for him and he said no he was done with it. I bought it off him right there took out my timing light timed it and away I went. Next day I offered to trade it back to him and he said nope I can have it. That was 30 some years ago and it is still sitting in my driveway today.



Moral of the story no you can not get a good timing with out a light.

Agreed , I've known people to do it without light, but so much could go wrong, like bent valve for instance among a list of nasty other $$$$ suckers...get a light, worth the few bucks.
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Thanks for the advice guys. Ended up getting a light. Runs great.
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