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Timing '88 GT, not much room to view timing pointer, with Alt & Trans. wire harnesses by hdryder
Started on: 10-25-2014 04:16 PM
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Does anyone else have an issue with the two wire harnesses, going down to the alt. & trans, in the way when trying to time the 2.8L?
I've tried to move them out of the way when timing, but I still don't have a great view of the timing pointer.
I had the engine out before I first got it running to swap out the auto. trans.

Could I have routed the wire harnesses incorrectly, to be in the way for timing? It didn't appear to be any other way.
Do the '88 strut towers create less space for a good view, than the '84-'87 cars?
Is it just something I need to make the best of?
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Originally posted by hdryder:

Could I have routed the wire harnesses incorrectly, to be in the way for timing?


Take a picture... show us!

I have absolutely no difficulty seeing what I need to see when timing my '88 Formula.
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Its possible the exact position of the harness might vary slightly from car to car, just enough to block the view.

On mine, I could see the timing tab but only if I looked at exactly the right spot. The angle of view where it wasn't blocked was tiny.

I had to raise the car and look underneath to locate and paint the timing mark on the harmonic balancer. I just couldn't see it from above!
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Just now I worked on moving them a bit further out of the way and they seem to be staying out of the way enough to get it timed this time, while I actually push the timing light down into the small gap.
A couple of days ago I cleaned the pointer, but I may need to paint it. I also added white paint to the inside of the timing groove on the balancer which I can see.
It just doesn't seem like I can get the best angle.

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