I have a 1973 ford courier that I have had since last summer I have been working on it for some time now and I just cant seem to get the timing set right with the timing chain, I have the shop manual for it and for some reason when I set the timing to what the book tells me, the timing seems to be 180 degrees out and also has no compression I have been messing with it again and again setting the camshaft at diffrent locations and keeping the crankshaft with the first piston at TDC but I can never seem ti get the valves to open at the correct time, I know that it is not the distributor because I always have it set to where the rotor is on the #1 plug wire so if anyone can help me I would realy apreciate it.
If your firing order is off you could have the same problem or if you distributer is in 180 degrees off, well then its the same thing. Usually at TDC there will be two markings on your timing gears. The cam gear will have a mark that should be aiming down and the bottom gear should be facing up or as close as belt/chain will allow. Im not sure exactly what the firing order for your car is but gimme a day or a reply and I can find out for you if you need. Good Luck!