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Old 10-12-2010, 06:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Victoria
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Default INSTALLING A GEAR DRIVE TIMING SET - Ford 289-351W, 302-351C - 400, 429 - 460

* Clean and remove all preserve from new parts. Apply grease on bronze ring and place it on the back of cam gear. .
* Turn NO.1 piston to TDC position and install crank and cam gears. Line up
timing marks and face each other.

* FORD302/351C are available to advance or retard cam timing 4.5 degree
each way. Line "A" mark on cam gear to crank gear timing mark is for

advance. Line "R" mark to crank gear is for retard.

* FORD460 is available for advance +4 and +8 degrees. Select desired
degree to follow same procedure as above.

* Slide idle gear half way in between both gears with the larger gear on the
passenger side and the longer axle toward to engine block.
* Put timing cover & gasket in place. Make sure the idle gear is all the way
in. Remove cover and make sure to have a 0.015- 0.060" clearance

between axle and block. The idle gear is riding on the timing cover in

normal operation. Grind off end of axle for increasing clearance or install a

bolt on cover for reducing clearance.
* Install cam gear bolts at proper torque. Make sure locking plate is

* Hand crank the engine to ensure the gear set is running smoothly. When
the larger idle gear is in hard mesh, the small idle gear must have

0.005-0.070" clearance for free up and down movement.

* Place timing cover with seal compound on both sides of gasket.
* Run engine at slow speed to ensure no abnormal sounds from timing set.

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