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    Craftsman Timing Light

    The other day I was in Sears and saw a timing light, on the expensive side, with a gauge on the back of it. Traditionally, I would use my timing light and line up the mark around 13 to 14. Now, I didn't get to read the instructions, but I think the gauge helps you get the total timing degrees? Is this good to use instead of lining up at the mark? Anyone familiar with this timing light?
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    You are right, initial timing is one thing, but you can't check total timing with a regular timing light, the # would be off the scale. With this light, you can dial back the pulse of the light & use the scale to check total timing.
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    I think I have the same Craftsman timing light you are referring to. You are correct about using to dial in total timing. If your desire is to have 38 degrees total timing, then simply set the dial to 38, point and rotate the distributer so that the mark lines up at TDC. As far as the accuracy of the light goes I don't know...it's worked well for me. I think you are supposed to unhook the vacuum advance (if you have one) when setting the timing or total timing.

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    ok, thanks, then it is worth the money. I've always wondered what my total timing is without running a mathematical equation that takes up a whole page... just kidding!
    Brandon - Cougar Lover

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    1973 Cougar XR7 Aftermarket sunroof 351C 4bbl
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    I have that timing light, the only complaint is that the plastic clip that helps hold the cord to the gun no longer 'clips' it on.
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    Great, now all I need to do is research exactly where my timing should be with all the aftermarket parts i've got on my cleveland.
    Brandon - Cougar Lover

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    1973 Cougar XR7 Aftermarket sunroof 351C 4bbl
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