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Ignition and Timing


This shows the essential parts of the stock factory ignition setup. The computer is between the distributor and the ignition module, allowing it to play tricks with the spark timing while it controls the fuel mixture too.
Ignition Circuit

Setting the Timing

  BTDC @ RPM
6-cylinder 4.3L 50 States 9 ( 2) 1600
High Altitude 16 ( 2) 1600
4-cylinder 2.5L 50 States 12 ( 1) 1600
High Altitude 19 ( 1) 1600
Standing at the left fender, looking down at the front of the engine, the timing plate marks can be seen, but the degree number markings are hidden from view by the water pump. You can see them using a small mirror and a flashlight (with the engine stopped of course). The first large mark on the scale is zero, the next large mark is 4, the next is 8, etc. This drawing shows the timing at 19 BTDC.
Once the timing is set, don't forget to reconnect the vacuum hose at the distributor and the connector at the vacuum switch assembly.
Timing Plate

An Easy Ignition Modification

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