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distributor/timing question

Post  Rory on Sat 28 Jan - 16:13

I'm re-installing the distributor in my '80 vanagon (2.0 liter air cooled) and have a question about what it means to have the timing set at 7.5deg before tdc.

My question is this: i have already found tdc on cylinder 1; which of these two options do I do:
1. Do I leave the pulley at 0 (tdc) and then with a timing light rotate the distributor cap until I reach 7.5 tdc?
2. Or do I set the pulley at 7.5 tdc, and then start the car up and adjust with the timing light until it is at 7.5 tdc once the engine is warmed up?

I did option #2, but it seems to not be running quite right. I think I hear some knocking and pinging going on while out driving on my test drive.

Any ideas/help is appreciated,
Rory


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Re: distributor/timing question

Post  joebug1951 on Fri 3 Feb - 3:41

What type of distributor are you putting back in it?

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Re: distributor/timing question

Post  Rory on Sat 4 Feb - 10:39

joebug1951 wrote:What type of distributor are you putting back in it?

It's the stock (I think) disty that I'm re-installing.
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