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does anybody know how to manually time a triumph spitfire from 1977?
no matter how hard we try, the timing light wont do it, the timing is almost perfect but it still sputters around 10-15 rpm. the distributor belongs in a MG? the firing order is suposed to be 1-3-4-2 with the #1 point in the left upper corner, my set up only works with it shifted down one point for each, otherwise the car wont start! please help!!!
posted: February 26, 2008
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I'm not a Triumph expert but are you sure your timing chain hasnt skipped a tooth? Not even sure if the triumph had a timing chain..
posted:  February 26, 2008
Pull your #1 (front spark plug) remove the dist cap.line up your rotor with # 1 on your dist. cap. use white out or simular and mark the cap and housing.Put your finger in the spark plug hole and crank the engine until you feel the piston compress. At this point the timing should show about top dead center on the pulley.There are so many things that can create your problem . Make sure that your optical trigger in your dist. is spaced properly and the timing isn't jumping at the chain. Don't rule out the carb.On my 78 spitfire i found that when i temporally blocked off the small rectangular hole on the stromberg carb. between the carb. and the air cleaner the car started right up and ran better.check for vacuum leaks at the carb. mounting gaskets and hoses.i hope this helps.
posted:  January 11, 2009
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