In late April I purchased a 31 Coupe Banger car and I'm planning on driving it in TROG at Pismo. The car is mostly traditional with a 5 inch chop. The engine wasnt running, due to a failed head gasket. The engine had a few bolt ons such as; Reds 4 into 2 headers, Thomas Dual intake with 81 Strombergs, Lions IV Aluminum head, FSI distributor and an alternator. I removed the head and cleaned up both surfaces, the gasket had failed due to corrosion on the steel ring around cylinder #1. I also noticed the begining of corrosion on the aluminum head. I plan to install a couple of sacrifical annodes in the cooling system. The starter and oil drain plug were missing, so it took a little time to source those. The engine started instantly and idled smothly. The engine sounds fairly quiet internally. I tried to set the timing, but at TDC, it stumbles and coughs. The idle is smoothest at 35 degrees BTDC. I took it for a road test and it ran very rough. The brakes were also pretty scary, but thats another story. I checked the distributor drive to see if the gear was loose, but it appears to be ok. What could cause the timing to like being that far advanced? Could the cam gear be off? The header only has a couple of turnouts just past the firewall. I need to add mufflers, but have found very few photos in my searches.