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Ford 800 Timing

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nelson in va

09-18-2012 07:00:28

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What the best way to get a Ford 800 in time. I got a new distributer and I"m not sure how to get this set.

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Sean in PA

09-18-2012 09:27:49

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 Re: Ford 800 Timing in reply to nelson in va, 09-18-2012 07:00:28  
high tension = high voltage

Yes, the fat wire from the top of the coil to the center of the distributor cap.

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09-18-2012 08:12:47

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 Re: Ford 800 Timing in reply to nelson in va, 09-18-2012 07:00:28  
This a general method that will work for almost all these old engines.

Pull the spark plugs and crank the engine oer with your thumb over the #1 ylinder,. When you feel pressure, you are on the compression stroke for #1 so stop the cranking. Line up the timing mark to the specified initial timing point. The engine is now set up for timing. Don"t rotate the engine crankshaft from this point till you have the initial timing set.

Remove the distributor cap off the old distributor. The rotor should be pointing to the #1 plug wire terminal. Note that general direction ( i.e. 10 o"clock, three o"clock, etc). Remove the old distributor and replace it with the new distributor which you have already set up with new points that are properly gapped. Try to get the rotor pointing into the same direction as on the old distributor and snug the clamp down. If the distributor drive is a gear you note that as the gear engages the distributor will rotate so try to get it so that the rotor is as near as possible pointing in the same direction as the old distributor. Snug the holdown clamp down so that the distributor can be rotated but not so loose that it moves easily. Make all the electrical connections from the coil to the distributor.

Take the high tension lead from the coil and hold it near a good ground after turning the ignition ON. Rotate the distributor back and forth slightly until you hear the spark snap. When the spark snaps, you are initially timed. You may have to do it several times til you feel you have the distributor at the correct point, then tighten the hold down clamp without moving the distributor. Put all the wire in the cap, put the plugs in and cnnect the spark plug leads to the plugs. You can now start the engine and check the timing with a timing light. Check the initial timing and the advance function with timing light.

Hope this helps you.

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nelson in va

09-18-2012 08:47:28

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 Re: Ford 800 Timing in reply to Jerry/MT, 09-18-2012 08:12:47  
When you said high tension lead ... are you talking about the coil wire that goes from the top of the coil to the top of the distributer cap ???or is this the small wire from the coil to the side of the distributer?
I have a timing light, but I not sure where the marks are on this old ford ...

Thank for all the Infomation you have sent !!!

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09-18-2012 16:34:24

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 Re: Ford 800 Timing in reply to nelson in va, 09-18-2012 08:47:28  
facing the front of the tractor, there is a circular hole (about 1" diameter) on the left side engine plate where the engine mates up to the transmission. It may have a little metal cover covering up the hole. Anyway that"s the hole that you shine your timing light into to see the marks on the flywheel. OR do what I do and just rev up the engine to 1200+/- rpm and rotate the distributor until the engine speed drops, then rotate back in the oposite direction until the engine speed drops again, then go half way between the two locations and you will be in time. Try that first and then check it with your timing light. You"ll be in a good location timing wise.

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09-18-2012 15:28:29

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 Re: Ford 800 Timing in reply to nelson in va, 09-18-2012 08:47:28  
The high tension lead is the the wire from the top of the coil to the center of the distributor cap.
i can"t help you with the timing marks. Look on the cranckshaft pulley or for a hole that allows you to see the flywheel.

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