Help... 1972 Ford Pinto 2.0 Timing

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Old 09-18-08, 11:26 AM
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Help... 1972 Ford Pinto 2.0 Timing

Got It To Backfire Out The Carb. Cannot Find Any Books To Help Me Find Out Where The Timing Marks Are. I Got Spark And Fire.. And Here I Am? Does Anyone Know Where I Can Find The Timing Marks?
 
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Old 09-18-08, 03:07 PM
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if i remember right they are on the flywheel look on the right side of the motor see if there is a hole in the flywheel cover you can see in to the flywheel. it would be up toward the top.

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Check conditions of plug wires. Look at firing at night in the dark for sparking. Check distributor cap for carbon tracking sending spark to wrong cylinder at wrong time. Were these plugs or old ones carboned up? Carbon can get hot and fire off at wrong/at any time.
 
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Old 09-18-08, 07:34 PM
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ase retired mech

go to factoryautomanuels.com and you can order a book on a ford pinto
 
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This might sound stupid, but did you look down below the fan, down where the front of the crankshaft would be, where the harmonic balancer is, and look for a groove cut into it or the main pulley down there and look for numbers on a plate just off to the side? That is sort of how they did timing marks back then in my day. If you are somebody young, maybe that be new to you. Never had a Pinto nor worked on them, but had various makes of cars back then and that is where they put the marks.
 
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Old 09-19-08, 05:52 AM
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Just curious, but what was your starting point in working on it? Has the engine been apart? Reason I ask is timing belt installation.
 
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hey towguy help me out was it vega's or pinto's that had the timeing marks on the flywheel, just curious as i can't remember. but i do remember it being something that we saw a lot of in the early 70's, yikes i didn't even think of him needing cam timeing marks.

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Old 09-20-08, 04:53 AM
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Can't remember and my Dad had a Pinto wagon at one time.
 
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No updates from poster (I HATE that) - but since the subject came up, all engines must have marks either at the top (or slightly off top) front or top rear of engine, right?

But a REALLy good question would be if some engine has the marks where they can only be seen say up on a lift, by a mechanic. Surely no company did that, right? If not, then anyone looking for timing marks should easily be able to find them at the top front or top rear, right? AND, be able to see them. Otherwise what good would they do, if hidden?
 
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hey ecman51 i have seen engines back in the 60's and early 70's that you had to get really creative to be able to see the timing marks, like look behind the water pump straight down on the engine by climbing up on the radiator in order to get the timing light to see them. the marks on the flywheel really thru me the first time i ran into that. then of course is setting initial timing on a cam sometimes that will make you scratch your head to be sure of the correct marks on the gears. and properly lining up the distributor to be able to bust it off first try.

my dad used to always say it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt. but i always did have a hard time shutting up.
 
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Maybe to your dad, but not to the rest of us.

If Chad does not return, it makes me almost want to find out from somewhere where the marks are, just for the heck of it. I guess maybe to find out if this falls into that category that one can easily miss seeing them.
 
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Marks were on the crankshaft pulley--
I remember when there was ice on the road--you put car in
first gear--get out & push until you are moving & jump back in.
I had chains on one year--they broke & pealed the metal on
that crate like a sardine can...............
 
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Dang .,, 1972 Pinto humm that bring back flashback on that dang bat engine { sorry no swearing in here lol }

The timming marks will have in two locatons one at crankshaft harmonic hub and the other two will be on the belt it will be marked but not sure if i recall it right the keyway should be at 12:00 and the camshaft will have a mark and indent mark on the head and that should be up as well.,,{ for some reason if you can't find the marking then check the cam lobes the front two cam lobes will be up postion ( kinda self explaintory on this one ) }

and also make sure you line up the distubstor pully shaft as well that one you may have to relocated the distubstor to get the correct #1 location

Merci,Marc
 

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There are 3 timing marks on the 2.0 pinto 1: dead center at the botom of the camshaft sprocket 2: on the crank pulley there are numbers/degrees, line these up with the mark on the block beside the crank pully and the last mark is on the side of the distributor, make sure when u have all the timing marks lined up that the rotor on the distributor is at the number 1 cylinder plug lead for cylinder no.1 at TDC as the marks will also line up when the number 4 cylinder is at TDC, good luck, hope this helps
 
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Pinto timming

And if you need a torx bit for the head bolts I have one. RW
 
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