I now know the theory behind the basic to make it work.
1.- Adjust the points (this sounds fairly easy).
2.- Firing order of 1, 3, 4, 2.
3.- Timing (static).
"This method employs the timing marks positioned at the side of the pulley and on the crankshaft but the adjustment is made while the engine is stationary. "
What are the timing marks and where can I find them? I've read one is on the "timing cover" which I think it's on the engine, and the other on the pulley which I think is the rotating thing on the front lower end of the engine.
Apparently the timing cover is easy to find, but on the pulley not so much, I read it's easier if I just find top dead center and it should align by itself on the pulley, but what will I be looking for? And is this true for all cars? I have a 1974 MKII Midget.
"Then connect a 12 volt test lamp (you can make one up from an old side light unit) between the low tension terminal on the side of the distributor and a good earth on the engine."
Can somebody enlighten me on how to make the lamp and where to connect it exactly? I have seen them but I went to 5 electric and car shops and the only thing they tried to sell me has a $150 laser-strobe timing gun or something fancy like that.
What is the low tension terminal? And what is a good earth or a "hot" part? I would rather be told where to put it exactly.
I think this covers the first step of what I need to pull it off, then will be those "degrees" I have no idea what they mean.
I am trying to learn because everyone who I've taken the car to, do it just by ear or something like that and the car never sounds quite right.
My main sources are the library here and the videos of John Twist from university motors found here .
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2012-04-11 02:27 PM by TheFlyingMG.