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07-02-2000 12:36:42

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Todays ultra dumb question is , is #1 plug at the radiator, or at the clutch housing?(front or rear) Also there is 2 very small marks in the crank pully, several inches apart. Which is the tdc mark? As soon as you get done laughing, fill me in, as I can't get old girl to hit. Thanks

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Ray M41

07-02-2000 15:27:47

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 Re: M Timing in reply to Steve, 07-02-2000 12:36:42  
No dumb question. Red is correct. I had the same problem. Look up to the 'SEARCH THE ARCHIVES' box. Type in "Enough to pull your hair out". (without the quotes) I posted some information you might could use. Maybe someday someone could teach me how to make a link.

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07-02-2000 15:23:40

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 Re: M Timing in reply to Steve, 07-02-2000 12:36:42  
Steve, Does it have a coil or a magneto? Do you have a Service Manual for the M? I messed around 2 days before I got the timing straight, thanks to the Service Manual. Pretty simple after you have done it once. Mine is a magneto.

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The Red

07-02-2000 12:46:12

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 Re: M Timing in reply to Steve, 07-02-2000 12:36:42  
Steve the only dumb questions are ones you don't ask and then get tangled up in an accident or worse.

#1 is the cylinder closest to the radiator. Spend a couple of minutes and remove the valve cover. The exhaust valve is the very first one. After it closes and the intake opens and closes, then the piston will be traveling to the top on compression stroke. Pull the #1 spark plug and you can see the top of the piston as it approaches the spark plug hole via a small flashlight. Or you can stick a long screwdriver in there and the piston will push it up. Note when it quits pushing out. One of the those pulley marks should line up with the timing mark on the block.

Now on the distributor, remove the cap and note the position of the rotor. That positon is usually around the 1:00 position of the distributor had not been pulled before. The distributor cap post that lines up with that rotor will be wired to #1. Then the firing order clockwise on the distributor cap is 1-3-4-2.

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