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An MGA timing question

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Subject: An MGA timing question
From: (Eric R. Stephen)
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 09:33:12 -0400 (EDT)
I had the dizzy ouy to replace the vacuum advanced unit.  Re-installed it
and followed the Haynes manual timing procedure.  Problems are as follows:
(1) on advancing the dizzy the rpms climbed (I set back the throttle screw
to maintain 1000 rpm) and continued until rough, turned back until smooth
and then back another 1/16" andlocked down.  Now I can't get the rpm's
down below approx 2000 rpm (the throttle screws are now all the way out). 
(2) also backfired through the carb.  Any ideas would be appreciated.  By
the way I'm out to pick up a combo digital tack/dwell meter/timing light,
and will be a few minutes.  What rpm should the timing be set at?  I
believe Haynes asys the rpm have to be arounf 600 rpm (currently an
impossibility at 2000 rpm).   Haynes suggests setting the dwell at between
60 - 63 degrees to set the points up.  Anyone had experience with this
method?  Willl also be replacing the low tension lead on the dizzy. I
noticed that the old one was hanging on by a thread.  The points were
examined and seemed to be in good shape (emory board and re-gapped to

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