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Technical Maverick timing pointer

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by October-1881, May 2, 2020.

  1. October-1881
    Joined: Mar 8, 2012
    Posts: 5


    I bought a 55 Ford Club Sedan with a 302 out of a Maverick. I don’t know what year it is but the timing pointer is missing and it’s not the same as other 302 motors. Can anyone tell me where I can get the correct one. We’re timing by ear and I don’t feel comfortable with that.
  2. 6sally6
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 1,108


    You're just "peeing-in-the-dark" trying to time-by-ear.(always wondered....just HOW do you hold the wrench with your ear.....and which ear do you hold it with?!!?)
    Calm-down........just kidd'in!!
    You need a timing tape to glue on to your balancer AFTER you have established true TDC. (that can be another post)
    Mark on the balancer TDC then........stick your tape where you can easily see the numbers with a timing light and make the TDC(on the tape) your "new" top dead center! Make you a home-made pointer out of metal/Alum. and attach it to a bolt on the front cover, letting it point to TDC on the tape.
    You just "re-arranged" how FoMoCo set up their engine. Now you can EZ-ly see it (TDC)when timing the engine.
    Hope I explained this simple enough.
  3. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 1,507

    oldiron 440

    There where three timing pointer locations for the sbf, yours was probably the second one......
  4. Find the OEM part number on your crank damper, then look up what car/truck it was fitted to. Make sure the timing cover matches. That will tell you which pointer you need.
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  5. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
    Posts: 1,310


    you sure it wasn't the Third ?
  6. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 4,849


    Pull the valve cover on number 1 turn the engine slowly and watch the rockers on Number 1 when the exhaust closes and the intake just starts to opens when both are open the same amount you are within 5 degrees of tdc. This should let you know which pointer to get or can just mark where the TDC mark is if you think that is close enough.
  7. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
    Posts: 4,035

    Automotive Stud

    Set the timing with a vacuum gauge, advance until you have the highest reading, retard it a little if it doesn't start hot or pings.

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