HOW TO SET INITIAL TIMING USING THE HARMONIC BALANCER AND DAMPENER

1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Tiny

asteroidgalaxy

July, 16, 2011 AT 7:58 PM

On my car there's a harmonic balancer w/ the dampener at about 1 or 2 o' clock when looking at the front of the engine and imaging a clockface. On the dampener it goes 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 2 4 6 8 clockwise. On the harmonic balancer there is a degree numbering scheme in 10 degree increments up to 60 with 5-10 notches in between each 10 degree increment. How should 8/10/12/whatever degrees of advance before top dead center get set on this setup? What numbers on the harmonic balancer should line up with which numbers on the dampener?

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Tiny

Docfixit

July, 16, 2011 AT 8:22 PM

I do not understand harmonic and dampner same thing just different names. Totally lost on your clock time thing

Tiny

asteroidgalaxy

July, 16, 2011 AT 8:51 PM

My mistake. It's not the dampner. I'm not sure of the name of it, but those 12 10 8 etc marks are on a small saw tooth looking plate above the harmonic balancer.

Tiny

Docfixit

July, 16, 2011 AT 9:09 PM

For TDC rotate engine till line on balancer is at '0' on timing mark. As for timing need to know engine size

Tiny

asteroidgalaxy

July, 16, 2011 AT 9:14 PM

So the 0 mark on the balancer and the 0 mark on the timing plate lined up is top dead center?

Tiny

Docfixit

July, 16, 2011 AT 9:18 PM

Correct !

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