Hi all. New to the community and to car building in general. I have a 1949 Ford Club Coupe that has a 1972(?) Small Block Chevy 350 and TH350 transmission. Right now, I'm having trouble with timing. After reading this forum for days, I've learned a TON from all of you. I know that SBC's "like" about 12 degrees BTDC initial timing and you should end up with a total timing of about 35 degrees BTDC, without the vacuum advance hooked up. By 2500 - 3000 RPM, the full amount of mechanical advance should be in showing you your total timing. Here's the problem that I am having. When I set my initial timing at 12 degrees BTDC, my idle speed is around 1400 RPM. There's no room to lower the idle on the carb so to get it to my desired idle speed of 700 - 800 RPM, I need to move the distributor clockwise to get the RPM's to where I need them to be. When I do this and then hit the timing tape with the timing light, the 0 degree setting on the damper timing tape is, well, somewhere else, not registering any numbers on the tape. All I see is bare damper. Because of this, I don't have a start point for my initial idle speed, nor does a number show up when I rev the engine to 3k RPM or wherever the timing stops advancing to find the total timing. It should be noted that I (the rookie) was the one that had to find TDC on the #1 cylinder and add the timing tape to the correct spot on the damper. With this initial setting, it did allow the car to turn over and run, but I'm stuck with not being able to time it because of what can only be described as a misplaced timing tape. But I don't think this is what the problem is. I'm reluctant to even check for TDC on #1 again because I went through the procedure for setting TDC like 4 times, to make sure it was right. Coupled with the fact that this initial setting made the engine run pretty well too is making me think this is something else than that. But, like I said, I'm a rookie at this and I'm looking to figure out where I went wrong. I'm hoping someone here can provide me with the correct insight into this. If you need more info, please ask. Thank you!