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Old 13-01-22, 12:58
Alastair Thomas Alastair Thomas is offline
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Default Ford V8 engine timing

Further to my earlier post. Our 3.6L engine should produce 85BHP. This should be sufficient as the Chevrolet engine produces just that and the C60S does the job OK.
Our situation is that we drop quickly to a maximum speed of 12mph on any sort of incline. Imagine what it would be like if we were towing a Bofors gun, had a full complement of ammunition and all the crew.
From this and the fact that all other things check out OK, we have concluded that something fundamental is wrong with the engine. Given that turning the distributor clockwise increases the power but it hits the stops before the expected power becomes available, we suspect that the camshaft may have been incorrectly timed to the crankshaft.
Looking at the workshop manual, it looks as though, once we have removed the distributor, radiator and fan, we could remove 21A 6019 Cover - cylinder front. Maybe we would also need to remove the crankshaft pulley as well. Having done this, is it possible to withdraw the camshaft sufficiently to retime the engine or will the valves all get tangled up with the cam lobes?
Alternatively, is it possible to remove the camshaft timing wheel such that the camshaft can be turned without withdrawing it at all?
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Old 13-01-22, 18:47
Maurice Donckers Maurice Donckers is offline
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Hi , First you can take the distributor of , and mill a bit out from your advance screw , so you can advance it a bit more , this to compensate for modern petrol .
If you advance it till you hear a slight ping in the exhaust , then retard it a wee bit till it does`t do it anymore .
The original timing fixture doesn`t work anymore with modern fuel .
Another thing is that if you have a British 85HP engine instead of a Canadian 24 stud 95 HP engine , then there is significant power difference , anyway the Chev overhead valve engine is more flexible than the V8 , it likes its higher revs in the hilly roads .
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Old 13-01-22, 19:07
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If you have a British engine, then you may well have a Solex carb which has a speed limiter in it. This can inhibit progress on a hill in a lower gear. You can adjust them to allow more engine speed.

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