With the dual-level double-ended adjustable rotor design on the EEC-II ignition system on a 1979 Lincoln Versailles with 302/auto-trans, I can set the distributor down on either of two gear-teeth and still line up the rotor to the alignment slot on the distributor housing by rotating it to one side or the other.
I have the engine at TDC compression stroke (indicated by compression gauge) and confirming my manually checking for TDC with a pencil in the spark plug hole. Yet it seems to be aligning inbetween two teeth. I have the rotor facing the right direction as it has an alignment slot on one end to correlate with the alignment slot in the distributor housing.
My books do not indicate anything further, assuming it's going down on the correct tooth to align the rotor, but the rotor is moved fully over to one side or the other direction within the screw slots allowing the rotation to align on either tooth.
I can either place the distributor down on one tooth and rotate the rotor advanced (counterclockwise) to align with distributor housing, or the next tooth (advanced counterclockwise direction) and rotate the rotor clockwise (retarded) to align.
It aligns either way, but only one. Or neither is correct.
Which way is correct?
Does it need to be at a different engine degree rotation for proper distributor placement and rotor alignment? The under-hood sticker indicates timing at 30 degrees (non-adjustable).
Could the timing chain have possibly jumped or be off a tooth or more?
The engine and carb had been previously rebuilt and could not get it running again so it sat for some time. Now I am wanting to confirm the timing and eliminate that potential as a reason why it won't start again. I have other variable venturi carburetor related questions, but I will keep that separate and address that after this timing issue is resolved.
Most people in various forums have all been saying to give up on this car and either do an updated carb & ignition system swap, or sell the car as-is. Well, I don't just quit because something is hard, it's a challenge!
Will considered paid answer if no reply.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 AT 8:03 PM