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John Deere A timing method

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chas036

06-30-2020 09:30:04




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I have a late model A with a distributor and electronic ignition. I would like to know the correct way to time it and if can be done with a timing light?




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JDIH

06-30-2020 21:14:37




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 Re: John Deere A timing method in reply to chas036, 06-30-2020 09:30:04  
Oops sorry, I somehow missed that you said you have electronic ignition. Yes, that changes what I said



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wore out

06-30-2020 12:04:26




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 Re: John Deere A timing method in reply to chas036, 06-30-2020 09:30:04  
Figure out the circumference of the flywheel at the timing mark location, then do the math to determine the distance represented by the degrees of timing wanted, or what every 5 degrees(for example) represents distance-wise and make some marks with a paint pen and fire up the timing light.



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JDIH

06-30-2020 11:13:16




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 Re: John Deere A timing method in reply to chas036, 06-30-2020 09:30:04  
Using a timing light probably wont work due to the advance weights advancing the timing. I may be wrong about that. I set the flywheel in the correct location and then use an ohm meter on the points. Turn the distributor until you see the points break open (on the meter). That method has worked for me. Mine are a little tough looking but run perfect. Drives me nuts to see ones at shows that look perfect and run terrible lol

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chas036

06-30-2020 11:45:54




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 Re: John Deere A timing method in reply to JDIH, 06-30-2020 11:13:16  
If I had points that would method would work and I have used that before on my B, but this tractor has an electronic ignition and I am at a loss how to time it.



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Mike(NEOhio)

06-30-2020 12:38:37




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 Re: John Deere A timing method in reply to chas036, 06-30-2020 11:45:54  
Try it the same way but put No. 1 wire near the frame and watch for the spark.



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rustred

06-30-2020 12:05:26




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 Re: John Deere A timing method in reply to chas036, 06-30-2020 11:45:54  
use a timing light. engine must run as slow as possible though so weights don't advance.



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