Chevy High Performance
Click here to find out more!

ignition timing sbc or bbc

Chevy High Performance
Item Posts    Sort Order

ignition timing sbc or bbc

logansuncle logansuncle
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 07/08
Posted: 07/06/08
11:25 PM

please help me convince a few young ones that us dudes from the "old skool" can find and set optimum timing without a timing light (or a laptop). We all know the basics of putting your finger over #1 plug hole and cranking for compression to find TDC. Set your rotor button run your plug wires and fire it up.  Now that we agree on the basics, I have found best timing by advancing the distributor (turning counter-clockwise) till the motor drags when trying to start hot. Then back it off a little and lock it down. Any comments ??  

Guru | Posts: 1985 | Joined: 10/03
Posted: 07/07/08
09:01 AM

Optimal timing without a light. That isn't old school, that's just stupidity!  

55Guy 55Guy
Guru | Posts: 895 | Joined: 08/07
Posted: 07/08/08
06:41 AM

Gotta agree, there's no such thing as finding optimum timing without a timing light. Yes, your method will work if you're in a jam and just need to get a car running.

And with anything distributorless the ONLY way is with a laptop.  

shooterjim shooterjim
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 02/09
Posted: 02/16/09
02:08 PM

If you've got it all in one sock, you can, with practice,get yor timing right on if not very close using this method. It takes a good ear to do it though. I had to set the points on my 69 Chevelle SS one time and used a matchbook cover that I carried in the car. When I got home and hooked up my dwell meter, it was right on 30 deg.(Old timers remember the dwell setting as 28-32 degrees) Optimum timing should be done with a timing light but, like I said, you can get real close. I'm old but I ain't rusty or dusty!! Laugh  Cool  Grin  

canted canted
Enthusiast | Posts: 499 | Joined: 02/08
Posted: 02/16/09
07:32 PM

Lets see, close works for what? All together now, "horseshoes and hand grenades". Works well with Napalm as well but not so good for ignition timing. Show me someone that can dial in 36 total by feel, it ain't happening.  
70 El Camino
461 solid, m20,
pics in readers rides
thanks for over 3000 views

Guru | Posts: 1001 | Joined: 09/08
Posted: 02/19/09
07:40 AM

I agree you can get it to run, but actual tuning requires the proper tools. Grin