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Re: Locate timing mark on 1953 B

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Clyde, The mark you are lookinf for on the "fly" is on the left side of the tractor. The mark will be in a 1" hole. There will be two holes when you look but use the top one. When your #1 piston is in the compression stroke, at top dead center, the mark should be seen in the hole on the left. The best way to turn your tractor over is with the hand crank very slowly. If the mark is not visible in the hole then your out of timing. It may be that the cylinder you think is #1 is one of the other 3. Cylinder #1 is closest to the front of the tractor. If that is ok then the timing is off from the front end. If you have done any engine work on this tractor, you may have put the timing, off the crank, backwards. I purchased such a tractor and the owner had done just that. I had the tractor running but the timming was off 180 degrees. The tractor ran but ran very tough. I had to remove the front end down to the timing geares and then retime from there. It's easy to repair if you have done this. When you get all the marks lined up on the tractor then the mag is set with the little marks in the cap housing. Make sure the spark plug wires are on right (1243 one being the outside top port then counterclockwise th bottom outside being #3). The tractor with gas and oil should fire up. Good luck I hope I have helped you with your tractor. Let me know how you made out with the timing. ED

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