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Re: Timing 7.3 Diesel IDI engine without removing front cover?
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: PowerstrokeDogg</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Mr roboto is right, pulling the top timing cover or rotating the gears will give you a serious headache. i drove mine arround for 5 months 1 tooth retarded becaue i pulled the cover off with the gear. retiming it is possible witout pulling the front cover but its a serious PITA </div></div>
Mine was the same way, it timed OK with the old IP but when I installed a new one it was retarded (I put in the IP without removing the tower so it was retarded the whole time). I ended up pulling the tower and moving the gear one tooth over and I was golden.
If you choose to pull the whole tower, just remove the little cover on the front and mark where the 3 bolts and dowel are in relation to the cover BEFORE unbolting anything. As long as you mark your position, the job is very easy.
I think the problem comes in because people are used to working on gassers where you can SEE where the distributor is pointed plus there is a lot more adjustment for a minor "oops". With the IDI's you can't really see which cylinder is firing plus the adjustment range is tiny.
1997 Ford F350 SRW 7.3L PSD
1985 Ford Ranger 2.3L 5 speed
1966 Mustang 200 I6, auto, 4 wheel disk, power brake retrofit, Corvette master.
Former vehicles, 1994 E350 7.3L IDI, 1985 International 1654 rollback, 6.9L IDI, (2) 1994 Ford E350 7.3L IDI, 1985 Ford F350 DRW 6.9L IDI, 1985 Ford F350 wrecker 6.9L IDI.
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