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Timing marks on the chain and gears line up on a 1956 ford 312 V-8

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How do the timing marks on the chain and gears line up on a 1956 ford 312 V-8
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  ServiceTech replied 10 years ago.

Here is the procedure:

First step in installing the timing chain and gears is to check the spacer ring; be sure the chamfer side is toward the cam. Next, install the woodruff keys in the crank and cam. Now slide the crank gear on the crank and position the timing mark by turning the crank, to the 3:00 o'clock position. Install the cam gear and position the timing mark on it at 3:00 o'clock. Now remove both gears. Place both gears in the timing chain with the timing marks 12 pins apart. Start the crank gear on the crank. As you slide the crank gear down, start the cam gear over the cam. Line up and engage the cam gear keyway with the key on the cam first. This will slow you to turn the cam so you can engage the key in the keyway on the crank. When both gears are installed, count the pins between the timing marks. There has to be 12 pins between them. Last step is to install the fuel pump eccentric and hardware. Torque the cam bolt to 35 ft.-lbs. Use Loc-Tite on that bolt.

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