Please settle these issues: I'm having a 'discussion' with a member of my
local car guy support group on timing the venerable B-series engine. Please
tell me if the following statements are true or false:
Statement #1: "Don't bother dynamically tuning the B-series engine. Just
static tune it at 10 BTDC and you'll be fine. Leave me alone!"
Statement #2: "The vacuum advance on the B-series doesn't really matter.
You can drive the car with perfectly good performance with out the vacuum
advance working at all. Now push off!"
Statement #2.5: "Don't worry about the centrifugal advance springs in your
distributor. You're just imagining you're losing power at high rpms. Its a
B, for chrissake (!), you don't have power at any rpms anyway! Enjoy the
car and stop bothering me." (editor's note: my friend is a bit of a snot
when it comes to MGs).
Statement #3: "Your car is too far advanced if its at 15+ BTDC at 1200 RPM.
Like I say, just static tune it and stop bothering me."
Statement #4: "Don't even think of enhancing performance in the B-series
with a bunch of tricks like a hot cam or gas porting. The thing's a lump,
always has been, always will be. Be happy with what you have and don't get
fancy. Now beat it!"
Really, this guy is a good friend, but he does get testy once in a while.
Anyway, I'm already appreciating any polite comments you-all might have.
Where is the high priestess when you need her?
Will "some of my friends are nice" Zehring