A week ago I went to time my old T coupe. 350sbc. My 40 (at least) year old Actron timing light had given up the ghost. Damn it! OK, so I get on the internet to find a new one. There must be a company for every sbc ever built making those things. I end up deciding to get another Actron 'cause the old one lasted 40+ years. They still have a plain model like my old one. It just lights up when there's spark, no advance stuff. Well for about $10 more the digital model has the advance feature plus a tach. So I decided to bring my old ass into the 21st century and give it a try. Might be handy. UPS delivered it yesterday. The light doesn't seem to be as bright as the old one. OK, so turn the shop lights off. Then after about 30 minutes of engine idling with the occasional rev, I think I may have it figured out. But the engine was getting too warm to continue. So here I sit typing this while the fan cools it down. I have always marked my harmonic balancers by measuring the circumference with a stagger tape. For my SBC I divide the circumference by ten.... 36 degrees... and lay it out on the balancer. You can make any degree mark you want with this method. Or put a degree tape on it. Or lately all the balancers I have bought were already well marked. All this to say that the fancy dialback timing lights are not really needed, and I wish I had just bought the plain old "old school" timing light. I would have been done an hour ago. I know I'm a crusty 70 year old curmudgeon that just hates change. Especially all this new fangled digital electric crap that just won't last like our old junk. I'll bet this new light won't last 40 years. OK. Rant over. How many of you guys are like me?