How do you initial time a small block Chevy?

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Take the pass side valve cover off. When number six cylinder is on overlap, the exhaust valve is just closing, and the intake just opening, bring the timing mark on the balancer up to 0. Now point the rotor, on the distributor toward the number 1 terminal on the distributor cap. While cranking the motor over, move the dist., counter clockwise to advance, and clockwise to retard. Popping out the carb, is too far advanced, and popping out the exhaust, is too far retarded. KEEP the air cleaner on, as advanced, will come with flames.

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