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Panhead timing


Post by Chopperfrank » Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:45 pm

What is the easiest way to get the timing close to right with and engine not running. For example. The mark on the flywheel. Should that be in the center of the inspection hole when the points just start to open?

I have a 1960 pan motor with an auto advance, single points timer.


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Re: Panhead timing


Post by Ding » Tue Nov 01, 2005 10:26 pm

Along with the mark in the window you have to make sure that the front cylinder has both valves closed. Best done while rolling the mill and keeping a couple of fingers on the pushrods. Once both rods are down (valves closed) then move to the window and center the mark.

Then, because you have an auto advance, you have to fully advance your points. Then set the points in accordance with the manufacturer.

Should be done there after closing everything up. Fire it up and use a lite to fine tune it.


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Re: Panhead timing


Post by 03Roadking » Thu Nov 03, 2005 2:09 am

If you have an old clearance light or tail light bulb With the wires attached. Take the timing plug out. pull you plugs and pull the front intake push rod tube, set your points, make sure they are gapped right Then turn the engine over slowly until you see the front intake push rod close, then look into the timing hole and continue to turn the engine over (Slowly) until you see the timing mark make sure you have the right mark Mine (62) has F for front and R for rear you want the front line to center then loosen your timer, attach the positive wire from the light to your points (alligator clip) and the other wire ground to the engine, turn the key on. The hard part is you have to hold the auto advance in the full advance position as you turn the timer slowly to the left or right What you want is the light to just come on at full advance Once you have it, lock down the timer then just turn the auto advance to full if the light comes on at full advance you got it if it comes on before you reach full advance or not at all you have to try it again This should get you started after that a timing light should be used to dial it in like Ding said

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