|Originally posted by Smoooooth GT:|
What's the best way to set the timing on a 2.8L WITHOUT a timing light...??
Hold on there, it can be done.
About 5 years ago when overhauling my '86SE, I bought a new harmonic balancer from the FieroStore. After installing it and setting the #1 cylinder to TDC, the marks didn't line up. A quick call to Smitty revealled that they should have included a conversion scale for the timing mark, but didn't. Smitty just said "S##T, oh S##T" and that was all I ever got out of them.
So, if you will carefully set your engine to TDC...do it as carefully as you can...and start it...let it warm up a bit and put it into aldl mode....then you should be able to carefully loosen & rotate the distributor...effictively tuning it by ear.
This is what I did. You have to use small movements while moving the distributor. Try a setting, tighten it, and play with the throttle lever. If you like the way it acts, take it out on the road and try it there. You may have to go thru this a few times to get it right.
But for $25 you would have a much easier time of it.