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.
[This message has been edited by hdryder (edited 10-25-2014).]