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Ford 9N, 2N & 8N Discussion Forum
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OT Model A timing

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Bruce (VA)

01-02-2014 09:12:43
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I was having trouble getting the A model timing "just right". My first discovery was that the control rod was too short....and the OEM rod was not adjustable. The fix was easy: use the long throttle rod from an 8N, which is adjustable. I got one, cut it down, re-threaded it & put it on the car. It helped some....but still not right. I'm just not good enough at this mechanic stuff to adjust it by ear, so I figured I'd use a light. So, I made a pointer, found TDC, scribed the pulley, then measured the correct distance for the advance & marked that. It took two very, very small adjustments on the distributor cam to get it dead on w/ the light. Many thanks to JMOR, Jim UT & John Smith for help on this project!

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tom new jersey

01-02-2014 17:39:47
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 Re: OT Model A timing in reply to Bruce (VA), 01-02-2014 09:12:43  
I bought my first Model A over 60 years ago, paid $25. I still have one, but not that one.



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ZANE

01-02-2014 15:08:28
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 Re: OT Model A timing in reply to Bruce (VA), 01-02-2014 09:12:43  
You do know that the thing sticking out of the timing cover in the second picture is for finding TopDead Center didn't you?

Then you turn the distributor cam till the points open.

Zane



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Bruce (VA)

01-02-2014 15:27:39
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 Re: OT Model A timing in reply to ZANE, 01-02-2014 15:08:28  
Yep Zane, that gets it close. But the normal wear in the parts plus the V8 points I put in it wouldn't let the normal timing adjustment work.



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Richard G.

01-02-2014 10:31:32
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 Re: OT Model A timing in reply to Bruce (VA), 01-02-2014 09:12:43  
That's why I like my 17 Model T so much. The rod going to the timer has a curve in it and you increase or decrease the curve to change the timing. Also, no timing marks. I do it by ear and feel.

Richard in NW SC
PS. On a 17, it is very important to have the timing correct and the lever retarded or you might have a broken arm.
This post was edited by Richard G. at 10:35:34 01/02/14.

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JMOR

01-02-2014 10:00:31
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 Re: OT Model A timing in reply to Bruce (VA), 01-02-2014 09:12:43  
Looks like you "done good"! Glad to have been helpful.



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