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    I'm working on a 6 that isn't mine and it seems to be out of time.

    To advance the ignition timing, which way do I turn the dizzy?
    1972 Sapphire TR6 #CC84,something

    1959 Red TR3 (Wife's)

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    Originally posted by skootch13 View Post
    I'm working on a 6 that isn't mine and it seems to be out of time.

    To advance the ignition timing, which way do I turn the dizzy?
    The rotor turns in counterclockwise with the engine running. So to advance the timing so the points (or trigger) opens sooner, turn the distributor in the clockwise direction. For fine tuning, there is an elongated, but limited slot in the distributor clamp on the block.

    Dick

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      To finish the story, the car was out of time. But the car still ran like crap and would barely run. So I checked to see if the damper had moved by using a piston stop and it checked out ok. Next step was checking valve lash. Or in this case, the lack of valve lash. DPO set the rockers so tight that the valves weren't able to close all of the way. After setting the lash it runs great.
      1972 Sapphire TR6 #CC84,something

      1959 Red TR3 (Wife's)

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