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Re: 69 B tuning -- what are we missing here?

To: Charley & Peggy Robinson <>
Subject: Re: 69 B tuning -- what are we missing here?
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 09:40:21 -0700
Thanks for your input. The deal with the timing marks is this: when you
stick your head under the front bumper and look at the timing marks, how
many pointers do you see? From the manual it looks like there should be 4 --
a larger one for TDC, and then 5, 10, and 15 degrees advanced.

On this car, you can only see one pointer -- the very tip of the one at TDC.
The other three are too short to protrude beyond the circumference of the
balancer pulley. You can't get your head far enough back to be able to see
them at all -- the cross member prevents you from viewing them from directly
below. That is what I was puzzled about. It didn't seem that this could be
the way it was designed.


on 8/12/01 6:56 AM, Charley & Peggy Robinson at wrote:

> Hi Max,
> I own a '69 B and don't follow you about the timing pointers.  Mine
> has a timing plate mounted on the bottom of the timing gear cover.  You
> have to get under the car to time it from the #1 cylinder.
> Either the timing isn't set right, you have a weak spark, or it isn't
> getting enough gas.  I run the standard needles in my SUs and I have no
> air pump.
> Cheers,
> CR


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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